lug

1 of 3

verb

lugged; lugging

transitive verb

1
: drag, pull
2
: to carry laboriously
lugged the bags to the car
3
: to introduce in a forced manner
lugs my name into the argument

intransitive verb

1
: to pull with effort : tug
2
: to move heavily or by jerks
the car lugs on hills
3
of a racehorse : to swerve from the course toward or away from the inside rail

lug

2 of 3

noun (1)

1
archaic
a
: an act of lugging
b
: something that is lugged
c
: a shipping container for produce
2
3
lugs plural : superior airs or affectations
put on lugs
4
slang : an exaction of money
used in the phrase put the lug on

lug

3 of 3

noun (2)

1
: something (such as a handle) that projects like an ear: such as
a
: a leather loop on a harness saddle through which the shaft passes
b
: a metal fitting to which electrical wires are soldered or connected
2
chiefly British : ear
3
: a ridge (as on the bottom of a shoe) to increase traction
4
: a nut used to secure a wheel on an automotive vehicle

called also lug nut

5
a
: a big clumsy fellow
b
: an ordinary commonplace person

Examples of lug in a Sentence

Verb She had to lug her suitcases out to the car by herself. I was lugging a heavy camera around all day.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
There’ll be no one to help lug my suitcase, my groceries, my body. Kristina Kasparian, Longreads, 6 Feb. 2024 The fit also looks trim enough to wear on a walk or to the gym, while the kangaroo pocket can house your water bottle, wallet, or dog waste bags without lugging around an extra tote. Alyssa Grabinski, Peoplemag, 1 Feb. 2024 No more lugging a cooler, a beach bag filled with sand toys and a purse thanks to the Beachmate. Sara Liss, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Working in collaboration with co-author Pablo Allen of the Council on International Educational Exchange in Monteverde, Costa Rica, the researchers lugged heavy cameras, lights and tripods to two field sites to gather behavioral data from insects in the wild. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 30 Jan. 2024 A little snow surely won’t take down Reese Witherspoon, who’s survived far more treacherous conditions — like lugging a 65-pound backpack up the Oregon trail for Wild or having to walk the red carpet with Ashton Kutcher. Vulture, 20 Jan. 2024 Other companies have devised ways to safely ship milk home rather than having to lug around a cooler. Tara Bannow, STAT, 18 Jan. 2024 Behind Westgate Elementary School in McLean, kids trudged up a hill lugging sleds and tucking their snow pants back into their boots. Olivia Diaz, Washington Post, 16 Jan. 2024 On a Monday afternoon at USC, students lugged their Hydro Flasks across campus in backpacks and on skateboards in all different colors. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 16 Jan. 2024
Noun
If your commute to the office might include walking across an icy sidewalk, consider picking a pair of boots with a grippy outsole, like the Sam Edelman Laguna Waterproof Lug Sole Chelsea Boot, which has a lug sole that helps prevent slipping. Calin Van Paris, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2024 The boot has toothy lugs built into the base for traction, and the flexion of the boot allows your full footstrike to benefit from the grip. Maggie Slepian, Travel + Leisure, 19 Jan. 2024 The outsole design through the heel of the boot helps keep you from sliding back on slippery, steep ascents, and multi-directional lugs provide additional climbing traction as well. Maggie Slepian, Travel + Leisure, 9 Feb. 2024 Aside from the sparkle—there are 70 more diamonds set on the bezel, lugs, and crown—what makes the watch striking is the depth. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 19 Dec. 2023 These round-toe Chelsea boots feature a 4.3-inch shaft with a chunky lug sole platform heel and plenty of traction. Courtney Leiva, Peoplemag, 3 Jan. 2024 In addition, the lugs of the new Balancier 3 notably lack screws, marking a first for one of Greubel Forsey’s designs. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 7 Dec. 2023 More aggressive lug patterns on modern logger boots mean that although still available, logging boots with spikes are no longer as popular. Bob Beacham, Field & Stream, 25 Oct. 2023 Many combat boots feature a lug sole design, which add a lot of traction for your feet. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 9 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English luggen to pull by the hair or ear, drag, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian lugga to pull by the hair

Noun (2)

Middle English (Scots) lugge, perhaps from Middle English luggen

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lug was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lug. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

lug

1 of 2 verb
lugged; lugging
: to pull or carry especially with great effort

lug

2 of 2 noun
1
: a part (as a handle) that projects like an ear
2
: a nut used to hold a wheel on an automotive vehicle
3
a
: a big clumsy fellow
b
: an ordinary commonplace person

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