Meaning of LUG in English

I. ˈləg, dial ˈlu̇g noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English lugge

1. dialect England : rod , pole

2. now dialect England

a. : a varying measure of length usually 16 1/2 feet

b. : a square lug

II. verb

( lugged ; lugged ; lugging ; lugs )

Etymology: Middle English luggen, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian lugge to pull by the hair, Swedish lugga to pull by the hair, Norwegian & Swedish lugg tuft of hair

transitive verb


a. now chiefly dialect

(1) : to give a pull to (as the ear or hair)

(2) : to pull especially by the ear or hair

b. : to pull with force : drag

lugged the little wretch … out of the room — Samuel Butler †1902

lugged the feed trough out into the open — Marjorie K. Rawlings

2. : to carry with great effort

lugged those boxes all over the city till they seemed full of marble — Dan Browne

preferred to lug his own suitcase — Horace Sutton

3. : to bring in or introduce in a ponderous or forced manner

lug a story into the conversation

intransitive verb


a. : to pull with effort : tug

b. of a horse : to bear down on the bit

2. : to move heavily or by jerks

printers' rollers lug when sticky

3. of a racehorse : to swerve from the course toward or away from the inside rail

kept lugging in toward the rails — G.F.T.Ryall

4. archaic

a. : to draw one's sword

b. : to take out one's money or purse

III. ˈləg noun

( -s )

1. archaic

a. : an act of lugging

b. : something that is lugged

2. : a box or basket holding 25 to 40 pounds of fruit or vegetables ; specifically : a box having an inside width of 13 1/2 inches, an outside length of 17 1/2 inches, and a depth of from 4 1/4 to 7 3/4 inches

3. lugs plural : superior airs : affectations of importance

no lugs about him … nothing hoity-toity — Louis Auchincloss

the way these doctors and profs and preachers put on lugs about being “professional men” — Sinclair Lewis

4. : lugsail

5. slang : an exaction of money : a political assessment — used in the phrase put the lug on

put the lug on state employees — Newsweek

IV. ˈləg, dial ˈlu̇g noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English (Scots) lugge, perhaps from Middle English luggen, v.

1. Scotland : the earflap of a cap or bonnet

2. now chiefly dialect : ear

I got ears … first-class lugs — C.B.Kelland

a great clout in the lug — J.M.Synge

3. : something that projects like an ear: as

a. : a projection or handle by which something may be grasped or carried

b. : a projection on a casting to which a bolt or other part may be fitted

c. : a leather loop on a harness saddle through which the shaft passes

d. : a projection or ridge on the rim of a wheel (as of a tractor) or on a rubber tire to increase traction

4. : a small projecting part of a larger member ; especially : the part of a windowsill or doorsill that tails into the masonry on each side of the opening

5. : a fitting of copper or brass to which electrical wires are soldered or connected

6. : a rounded nut that covers the end of a bolt (as for holding an automobile wheel in place)

7. lugs plural : a poor grade of tobacco leaves from the lower part of the stem of the plant — compare leaf 1c(4)

8. slang

a. : a heavy clumsy fellow : blockhead , good-for-nothing

cuff the daylights out of a moronic lug — James Wallace

b. : an ordinary commonplace person

walk among the people, just another lug — Stephen Longstreet

just another poor lug who'd cracked up and was talking to himself — Scribner's

V. ˈləg noun

( -s )

Etymology: origin unknown

: lugworm

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