slug

1
[sluhg]
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noun

verb (used with object), slugged, slug·ging.


Nearby words

  1. sludgeworm,
  2. sludging,
  3. sludgy,
  4. slue,
  5. sluff,
  6. slug-a-bed,
  7. slugabed,
  8. slugfest,
  9. sluggard,
  10. sluggardly

Origin of slug

1
1375–1425; late Middle English slugge sluggard < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian (dial.) sluggje heavy, slow person

Related formsslug·like, adjective

slug

2
[sluhg]Informal.

verb (used with object), slugged, slug·ging.

to strike heavily; hit hard, especially with the fist.
to hit or drive (a baseball) very hard or a great distance.

verb (used without object), slugged, slug·ging.

to hit or be capable of hitting hard.
to trudge, fight, or push onward, as against obstacles or through mud or snow: The infantry slugged up the hill and dug in.

noun

a hard blow or hit, especially with a fist or baseball bat.

Origin of slug

2
1820–30; orig. in phrase hit with a slug; see slug1

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British Dictionary definitions for slugging

slug

1

noun

any of various terrestrial gastropod molluscs of the genera Limax, Arion, etc, in which the body is elongated and the shell is absent or very much reducedCompare sea slug Related adjective: limacine
any of various other invertebrates having a soft slimy body, esp the larvae of certain sawflies
informal, mainly US and Canadian a slow-moving or lazy person or animal

Word Origin for slug

C15 (in the sense: a slow person or animal): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian (dialect) sluggje

slug

2

noun

an fps unit of mass; the mass that will acquire an acceleration of 1 foot per second per second when acted upon by a force of 1 pound. 1 slug is approximately equal to 32.17 pounds
metallurgy a metal blank from which small forgings are worked
a bullet or pellet larger than a pellet of buckshot
mainly US and Canadian a metal token for use in slot machines, etc
printing
  1. a thick strip of type metal that is less than type-high and is used for spacing
  2. a similar strip carrying a type-high letter, used as a temporary mark by compositors
  3. a metal strip containing a line of characters as produced by a linecaster
a draught of a drink, esp an alcoholic one
a magnetic core that is screwed into or out of an inductance coil to adjust the tuning of a radio frequency amplifier

Word Origin for slug

C17 (bullet), C19 (printing): perhaps from slug 1, with allusion to the shape of the animal

slug

3

verb slugs, slugging or slugged

to hit very hard and solidly, as in boxing
(intr) US and Canadian to plod as if through snow
(tr) Australian and NZ informal to charge (someone) an exorbitant price
slug it out informal to fight, compete, or struggle with fortitude

noun

an act of slugging; heavy blow
Australian and NZ informal an exorbitant charge or price

Word Origin for slug

C19: perhaps from slug ² (bullet)

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Word Origin and History for slugging
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