\ ˈchəg How to pronounce chug (audio) \

Definition of chug

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a dull explosive sound made by or as if by a laboring engine


verb (1)
chugged; chugging

Definition of chug (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to move or go with or as if with chugs a locomotive chugging along wearily chug through the routine


verb (2)
chugged; chugging

Definition of chug (Entry 3 of 3)

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Other Words from chug

Verb (1)

chugger noun

Examples of chug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After helping defeat the Boston Bruins 4-1 in the Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, center Robby Fabbri enjoyed a chug of Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye, TMZ reported. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Stanley Cup champ celebrates on ice with Kentucky's Van Winkle rye whiskey," 13 June 2019 Notably, Kughn worked with musician Neil Young to develop a track of realistic railroad sounds — like chugs and choo-choos — that were synced with a train's movement around a track. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Richard P. Kughn, former Lionel toy train co. owner, dies at 89," 13 June 2019 Its punishing pace slows to a chug, as if to make way for a Bryan Herweg bass line growling from the basement. Greg Kot,, "Chicago's Pelican packs melodies inside powerhouse instrumentals on 'Nighttime Stories'," 7 June 2019 Those kinds of tasks will bring this Air to a chug and spin up those fans. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Apple MacBook Air (2018) review: the present of computing," 6 Nov. 2018 Videos of her baseball chug went viral, with thousands retweeting Petco Park's tweet. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Woman catches foul ball in beer at Padres game, proceeds to chug the beer with the ball in it," 6 June 2018 The Alaska Railroad used to ship some of its 45 passenger cars on barges to Seattle every year, then put them back on tracks for a long chug to the Midwest for repairs and paint jobs. Author: Naomi Klouda, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Railroad finds savings closer to home," 19 Apr. 2018 Then, those sounds were extinguished by a cement-mixer’s guttural chug. David Fettling, Longreads, "Uncomfortable Silences: A Walk in Myanmar," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of chug


1866, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

1848, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1958, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chug



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The first known use of chug was in 1848

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\ ˈchəg How to pronounce chug (audio) \
chugged; chugging

Kids Definition of chug

: to move with repeated low sounds like that of a steam engine The old car chugged along.

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