Definition of dug

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense and past participle of dig


\ ˈdəg How to pronounce dug (audio) \

Definition of dug (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : udder
2 usually vulgar when used of a woman : teat usually used of a suckling animal

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In those poems and in that history, there is no place for the 140,000 Chinese people who [dug] the trenches in France or the million Africans who were involved in the war, the 1.2 million Indians. Julie Belcove, WSJ, "William Kentridge Tackles the History of Apartheid and Colonialism in His Latest Production," 4 Dec. 2018 The team trying to find a way to drain the water dug until 1 a.m. to a depth of 30 meters (98 feet) but did not find any wells, said Ekchawin Longpinit from the Thai Underground Water Department. Tassanee Vejpongsa, Fox News, "Water reaches near entrance of Thai cave where 13 missing," 28 June 2018 White House officials and allies on Sunday dug in and defended the policy, insisting as Trump has that the administration was following existing immigration law. Shane Harris, Anchorage Daily News, "Fight over detained children intensifies," 18 June 2018 Police say Dunn, 46, really did kidnap his 31-year-old neighbor and lock her in a hole dug in his shed. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, "Why did Ohio man hold woman captive in Blanchester shed? An imaginary prostitution ring.," 14 June 2018 After all, the North’s ability to pound the capital of the South, Seoul, with thousands of dug-in artillery pieces has given it decades of deterrence without nukes. The Economist, "Talks between America and North Korea might succeed—at a terrible price," 7 June 2018 The sale will include a wide variety of perennials including bearded iris, Reblooming Daylily 'Happy Returns' (yellow), Catmint 'Walkers Low' dug from local gardens and more. Courant Community, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 5 June 2018 Nimblewill can be pulled or hand-dug, but all the root must be removed. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Don't let this perennial grass get a foothold in your lawn," 29 Mar. 2018 Cutrone proved to be the hero for Milan, clipping home an ice cool finish in stoppage time - before deliriously celebrating with his teammates and coaching team in the home dug-out. SI.com, "AC Milan Boss Vincenzo Montella Praises Team Spirit After Last Gasp Win Over Croatian Minnows Rijeka," 29 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of dug


1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dug


perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Swedish dæggia to suckle; akin to Old English delu nipple — more at feminine

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to corrupt or become corrupted

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