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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
b : a close knot or coil of hair : bun


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)

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Definition of pug (Entry 4 of 4)

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Noun (1)

pug 1

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First Known Use of pug

Noun (1)

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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


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 24 Nov. 2020.

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Kids Definition of pug

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

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