\ ˈfəg How to pronounce fug (audio) \

Definition of fug

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the stuffy atmosphere of a poorly ventilated space also : a stuffy or malodorous emanation


fugged; fugging

Definition of fug (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to loll indoors in a stuffy atmosphere

transitive verb

: to make stuffy and odorous

Other Words from fug


fuggy \ ˈfə-​gē How to pronounce fug (audio) \ adjective

Examples of fug in a Sentence

Noun They sat in the dense fug of a smoky bar.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Mercury Store is in Brooklyn, a few blocks from the reeking Gowanus Canal and only steps from Third Avenue, where the air is heavy with asphalt fug. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 28 July 2021 That he is trailed by a fug of damaging allusions: Burisma. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2020 The result is a thing of beauty: a dense bouquet of visual cunning, tinged with sobriety, acute social awareness and a fug of loving tenderness. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2020 David exists in a swampy fug of enmity, one-upmanship, and toxic misunderstandings; Seinfeld is defined by his playfulness, even delight, with minutiae. Kyle Smith, National Review, 20 Mar. 2020 The opium fug transports Mallo into his past, raking over the choices he's made on the road to greatness. Thomas Page, CNN, 7 Feb. 2020 Some of Mr Sandile’s recollections of that time seem still to be glimpsed through a hedonistic fug. The Economist, 18 Dec. 2019 But the setup refuses to deliver, grammatically, and the novel hangs, like the narrator herself, in a fug of unresolved tension. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2019 The gloriously gaudy cinema palaces of our youth have closed their crimson curtains for good, and the humid fug of cigarette smoke and popcorn has been replaced by a dispiritingly acrid, all-over guilty smell. John Banville, WSJ, 22 Feb. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of fug


1888, in the meaning defined above


circa 1889, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for fug


perhaps alteration of fog entry 1

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“Fug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fug. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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