\ ˈləg How to pronounce lug (audio) \
lugged; lugging

Definition of lug

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


noun (1)

Definition of lug (Entry 2 of 3)

1 archaic

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


noun (2)

Definition of lug (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for lug

Synonyms: Verb

drag, draw, hale, haul, pull, tow, tug

Antonyms: Verb

drive, propel, push

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Examples of lug in a Sentence


She had to lug her suitcases out to the car by herself. I was lugging a heavy camera around all day.

First Known Use of lug


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 1a

History and Etymology for lug


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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of lug

: to pull or carry (something) with great effort


\ ˈləg How to pronounce lug (audio) \
lugged; lugging

Kids Definition of lug

: to pull or carry with great effort I lugged my bag to the bus.

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