pug

noun (1)
\ ˈpəg How to pronounce pug (audio) \

Definition of pug

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : any of a breed of small sturdy compact dogs of Asian origin with a smooth, short coat, tightly curled tail, short muzzle, and broad wrinkled face
2a : pug nose
b : a close knot or coil of hair : bun

pug

verb
pugged; pugging

Definition of pug (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

: to work and mix (a substance, such as clay) when wet especially to make more homogeneous and easier to handle (as in throwing or molding wares)

pug

noun (2)

Definition of pug (Entry 3 of 4)

pug

noun (3)

Definition of pug (Entry 4 of 4)

Illustration of pug

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Noun (1)

pug 1

In the meaning defined above

First Known Use of pug

Noun (1)

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1843, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1858, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pug

Noun (1)

obsolete pug hobgoblin, monkey

Verb

origin unknown

Noun (2)

by shortening & alteration from pugilist

Noun (3)

Hindi & Urdu pag foot, step

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“Pug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pug. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for pug

pug

noun
\ ˈpəg How to pronounce pug (audio) \

Kids Definition of pug

: a small muscular dog having a curled tail and a flattened face with wrinkles

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