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noun \ˈpləg\

Simple Definition of plug

  • : a part at the end of an electric cord that has two or three metal pins that connect the cord to a source of electricity

  • : a part at the end of a wire or cable that is used to connect machines or devices

  • : a thing that is used to close a hole in a container or object

Full Definition of plug

  1. 1 a :  a piece used to fill a hole :  stopper b :  an obtruding or obstructing mass of material resembling a stopper

  2. 2 :  a flat compressed cake of tobacco

  3. 3 :  a small core or segment removed from a larger object

  4. 4 :  something inferior; especially :  an inferior often aged or unsound horse

  5. 5 a :  hydrant, fireplug b :  spark plug

  6. 6 :  an artificial fishing lure used primarily for casting and made with one or more sets of gang hooks

  7. 7 :  any of various devices resembling or functioning like a plug: as a :  a male fitting for making an electrical connection to a live circuit by insertion in a receptacle (as an outlet) b :  a device for connecting electric wires to a jack

  8. 8 :  a piece of favorable publicity or a favorable mention usually incorporated in general matter

Origin of plug

Dutch, from Middle Dutch plugge; akin to Middle High German pfloc plug

First Known Use: 1606

Rhymes with plug




Simple Definition of plug

  • : to fill or cover (a hole, space, etc.) with something

  • : to praise (something, such as a book, movie, or restaurant) publicly in a way that makes people want to buy it, see it, etc. : to advertise (something) by talking about it especially on the radio or television

  • : to shoot (someone) with a gun

Full Definition of plug


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to stop, make tight, or secure by inserting a plug b :  to remedy (a deficiency) as if by inserting a plug <trying to plug the gaps in their understanding>

  3. 2 :  to hit with a bullet :  shoot

  4. 3 :  to advertise or publicize insistently

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to become plugged —usually used with up

  7. 2 :  to work doggedly and persistently <plugged away at her homework>

  8. 3 :  to fire shots

plug·ger noun
plug into
  1. 1 :  to connect or become connected to by or as if by means of a plug <the city was plugged into the new highway system>

  2. 2 :  to load into as if by means of a plug <plugged the data into a computer>

Examples of plug

  1. We were able to plug the hole with cement.

  2. One of the DJs on the local radio station has been plugging the band's new album.

  3. He plugged him right in the chest.


First Known Use of plug


PLUG Defined for Kids



noun \ˈpləg\

Definition of plug

  1. 1 :  a device usually on a cord used to make an electrical connection by putting it into another part (as a socket)

  2. 2 :  a piece (as of wood or metal) used to stop up or fill a hole




Definition of plug


  1. 1 :  to connect to an electric circuit <Plug in the lamp.>

  2. 2 :  to stop or make tight with something that fills a hole

  3. 3 :  to keep steadily at work or in action <I plugged away at my homework.>

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