\ 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 There are fans whirring, windows open, and a space heater chug-chugging to keep my toes, still tucked inside winter boots, just north of frostbite. Maggie Bullock, Vogue, 1 June 2021 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,, 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, 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,, 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, 26 Dec. 2019 In other words, a must-chug, rapid-fire way to wind down during the holidays. oregonlive, 2 Dec. 2019 But complex infrastructure and collective behaviors make the whole enterprise chug along. Christopher Schaberg, The Atlantic, 1 Dec. 2019 Sonically, the track mixes Jazzmaster guitar chug, carnival keyboard melody and yearning unshaven vocals. Matt Wake |, al, 19 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

History and Etymology for chug



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9 Jun 2021

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“Chug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 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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