verb (used with object), tugged, tug·ging.
verb (used without object), tugged, tug·ging.
- tufted deer,
- tufted duck,
- tufted titmouse,
- tug of war,
Origin of tug
Examples from the Web for tugged
As I was coming out, my sister [Valerie] tugged on me and said, ‘That’s the boy who kicked me off my bicycle.
Ted tugged at the brass buttons of her red, wool-crepe dress.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’|Eileen Cronin|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The handcuffs required her to reach with both hands as she tugged up the left leg of her stockings.‘Bomb Mom’ Morgan Gliedman Arraigned in Manhattan Court|Michael Daly|January 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Then the girl reached into her mountain trousers and tugged at her clothing.
He tugged at his bonds, but they were fastened so securely that he could not start them.Wyoming|Edward Sylvester Ellis
But they tugged away at the anchor windlass till the flukes let go the bottom and the anchor was halfway up.The Last of the Flatboats|George Cary Eggleston
There he turned on his back, squirmed and rocked on the crocuses, and tugged at the unaccustomed collar.Greyfriars Bobby|Eleanor Atkinson
She tugged at her brother's coat-tails in the very nick of time, with the result that his whole body once again hove into view.Werwolves|Elliott O'Donnell
As the sheep were stripped, they were tugged to the fire and branded from the bubbling tar with the smet mark of the Ritsons.A Son of Hagar|Sir Hall Caine
verb tugs, tugging or tugged
Word Origin for tug
early 13c., from weak grade of Old English teohan "to pull, drag," from Proto-Germanic *teukh- "pull," from PIE *deuk- "to pull, to lead" (see duke (n.)). Related to tow (v.). Related: Tugged; tugging.
c.1500, from tug (v.). Meaning "small steamer used to tow other vessels" is recorded from 1817. Phrase tug of war (1670s) was originally figurative, "the decisive contest, the real struggle."