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


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verb (1)

chugged; chugging

intransitive verb

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


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verb (2)

chugged; chugging

Examples of chug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
For the chug spout, a cover with a convenient carrying handle screws over the spout for cleanliness and transport. Phoebe Sklansky, Parents, 31 July 2023 Fish ignored the Whopper Plopper and also Pruitt's chug bait. Bryan Hendricks, Arkansas Online, 6 Aug. 2023 The combination is raising the prospect — still not guaranteed — that Mr. Powell’s central bank could pull off a soft landing, in which workers largely keep their jobs and growth chugs along slowly even as inflation returns to normal. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, 17 July 2023 Thomas Family Day at museum Thomas Family Day at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum chugs into town from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Aug. 2023 Then, on the day the congestion charge went into effect, an extra 300 buses rolled into action, reinforcing a fleet that now plies three times as many routes as New York’s, carries five times as many passengers each day, and (even if riders complain about sluggishness) chugs along briskly compared. Curbed, 31 May 2023 Free admission; no reserving spots in the Orchard before 4 p.m. Pioneer Day Extravaganza, Provo • Saturday, July 22: Pioneer crafts, a root-beer chug, live music and a children’s entrepreneur market. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 July 2023 The train steams and chugs across hundreds of bridges, viaducts, and retaining walls, and punches through dozens of tunnels carved out of rugged rock walls. Kimberley Lovato, Travel + Leisure, 13 June 2023 Using your phone as a WiFi hub chugs through data and your battery, you might be charged extra and the phone company may slow down your connection. Shira Ovide, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History




First Known Use


1866, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

1848, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chug was in 1848

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Cite this Entry

“Chug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a dull explosive sound made by or as if by a steam engine pulling a heavy load


2 of 2 verb
chugged; chugging
: to move or go with chugs
a locomotive chugging along

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