\ 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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Verb (1)

chugger noun

Examples of chug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After leaving town New Year’s Day on the heels of a four-game losing streak, the Spurs chug into OKC with a .500 record (5-5). Jeff Mcdonald,, "San Antonio Spurs aim to finish road trip strong in Oklahoma City," 11 Jan. 2021 The prevailing sounds came from the steady chug of portable generators and beeping golf carts going in reverse. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Welcome back, Rocket Mortgage Classic. We definitely needed you," 30 June 2020 Watch puppets talk, and a train chug from Russia to France, and a cartoon mouse glide about on ice skates. Christopher Arnott,, "Best bets for arts and entertainment in January," 12 Dec. 2019 Beer chugs and Pusha-T Everything about Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals was an event in Milwaukee on May 23, right up until the fizzling moment where the Raptors pulled away for a 105-99 win. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These are the 20 Wisconsin sports moments from 2019 that we'll never forget," 26 Dec. 2019 In other words, a must-chug, rapid-fire way to wind down during the holidays. oregonlive, "‘Scrooge in Rouge’ review: Triangle Productions dishes out Dickens classic with pure camp," 2 Dec. 2019 But complex infrastructure and collective behaviors make the whole enterprise chug along. Christopher Schaberg, The Atlantic, "The Mobile Dead Zone on Airplanes," 1 Dec. 2019 Sonically, the track mixes Jazzmaster guitar chug, carnival keyboard melody and yearning unshaven vocals. Matt Wake |, al, "Alabama band lands song on Showtime TV show ‘Shameless’," 19 Nov. 2019 There’s the familiar chug of 12-bar blues; copious guitar solos; and autobiographical, direct lyrics about life, love and hardship. 7 p.m. $20. Washington Post, "13 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 18 Nov. 2019

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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

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“Chug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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