Meaning of SLUG in English


I. ˈsləg noun

Etymology: Middle English slugge, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect slugga to walk sluggishly

Date: 15th century

1. : sluggard

2. : a lump, disk, or cylinder of material (as plastic or metal): as


(1) : a musket ball

(2) : bullet

b. : a piece of metal roughly shaped for subsequent processing

c. : a $50 gold piece

d. : a disk for insertion in a slot machine ; especially : one used illegally instead of a coin

3. : any of numerous chiefly terrestrial pulmonate gastropods (order Stylommatophora) that are found in most parts of the world where there is a reasonable supply of moisture and are closely related to the land snails but are long and wormlike and have only a rudimentary shell often buried in the mantle or entirely absent

4. : a smooth soft larva of a sawfly or moth that creeps like a mollusk


a. : a quantity of liquor drunk in one swallow

b. : a detached mass of fluid (as water vapor or oil) that causes impact (as in a circulating system)


a. : a strip of metal thicker than a printer's lead

b. : a line of type cast as one piece

c. : a usually temporary type line serving to instruct or identify

7. : the gravitational unit of mass in the foot-pound-second system to which a pound force can impart an acceleration of one foot per second per second and which is equal to the mass of an object weighing 32 pounds


slug 3


II. transitive verb

( slugged ; slug·ging )

Date: 1912

1. : to add a printer's slug to

2. : to drink in gulps — often used with down

III. noun

Etymology: perhaps from slug to load with slugs

Date: 1830

: a heavy blow especially with the fist

IV. transitive verb

( slugged ; slug·ging )

Date: circa 1861

1. : to strike heavily with or as if with the fist or a bat

2. : fight 4b — usually used in the phrase slug it out

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.