\ 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

Keep scrolling for more

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 That he is trailed by a fug of damaging allusions: Burisma. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, "Joe Biden, Hunter Biden and the politics of unconditional love," 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, "Eldzier Cortor painted Black poverty with beauty and great invention," 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, "The Lennon and McCartney of Comedy," 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, "Get up to speed on this year's Oscar nominees for best international feature film," 7 Feb. 2020 Some of Mr Sandile’s recollections of that time seem still to be glimpsed through a hedonistic fug. The Economist, "Yeoville Hard times and hotplates in the most diverse district in Africa," 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, "Can One Sentence Capture All of Life?," 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palaces of our youth have closed their crimson curtains for good, and the humid fug of cigarette smoke and popcorn has been replaced by a dispiritingly acrid, all-over guilty smell.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, "‘Sleeping With Strangers’ Review: Flickers of Desire," 22 Feb. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fug.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fug

Statistics for fug

Cite this Entry

“Fug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fug. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for fug



English Language Learners Definition of fug

chiefly British : the unpleasant air in a room that is very crowded, smoky, etc.

Comments on fug

What made you want to look up fug? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!