lug·​ger ˈlə-gər How to pronounce lugger (audio)
: a small fishing or coasting boat that carries one or more lugsails

Illustration of lugger

Illustration of lugger

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The upshot will be a mid-sized load-lugger that will hammers to 62mph in 3.6 seconds and from zero to 124mph in only 12.9 seconds, so the Europeans had better pack that luggage in snugly. Michael Taylor, Forbes, 22 June 2022 The wooden boats competed in skiff, workboat, lugger, trawler, runabout, sailboat and cruiser classes. Ann Benoit,, 27 Oct. 2017

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Word History



First Known Use

1757, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lugger was in 1757

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“Lugger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


lug·​ger ˈləg-ər How to pronounce lugger (audio)
: a boat that carries one or more lugsails

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