\ ˈrəg How to pronounce rug (audio) \

Definition of rug

1 : lap robe
2 : a piece of thick heavy fabric that usually has a nap or pile and is used as a floor covering
3 : a floor mat of an animal pelt a bearskin rug
4 slang : toupee sense 1
5 British : a blanket for an animal (such as a horse or dog)

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Synonyms for rug


hairpiece, toupee, wig

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Examples of rug in a Sentence

I accidentally spilled wine on the rug. You could tell that he was wearing a rug.

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Wealthy homeowners have been buying handmade rugs in increasingly large sizes. Matthew Townsend,, "Big Carpet wants to end America’s love of hardwood floors," 10 June 2019 Dark Phoenix sees the rug getting pulled from under the series' teen-reboot incarnation, which began life in 2011's X-Men: First Class and became an overwhelming mess in 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Dark Phoenix isn’t an epic X-Men conclusion—but it’s a darned good teen flick," 7 June 2019 Wealthy homeowners have been buying handmade rugs in increasingly large sizes. Matthew Townsend / Bloomberg, Time, "'Big Carpet' Is Betting This New Floor Covering Will Get Americans to End Their Love of Hardwood," 6 June 2019 And of course, don't forget an outdoor rug to tie it all together. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "The Best Outdoor Furniture For Every Style, From Sofas to Dining Sets," 4 Apr. 2019 It's been reported that Jon Snow's coat was made from IKEA rugs. Glamour, "Yes, the Game of Thrones Costumes "Always" Have a Hidden Meaning," 15 Apr. 2019 Kennedy’s ruthlessness and ambition—which are treated as the Kennedys’ hamartia in Chappaquiddick—are swept under the rug of his compassion. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Eternal Return of the Kennedys," 30 Apr. 2018 Today the company made another new and important foray with the debut of a four-piece collection of rugs. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Parachute Launches New Collection of Cozy, Handwoven Area Rugs," 7 Mar. 2019 In the photo, Crew's mother shows a wooden baby nursey covered with baby wipes, burp cloths and towels, thrown ontop of a white rug. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "'Fixer Upper' star Joanna Gaines shows 'all nighter' aftermath photo with newborn son Crew," 7 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of rug

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rug

Middle English *rug rag, tuft, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect rugga coarse rug, Old Norse rǫgg tuft

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The first known use of rug was in 1591

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English Language Learners Definition of rug

: a piece of thick, heavy material that is used to cover usually a section of a floor
chiefly US, informal : a small wig that is usually worn by a man to cover a bald spot
British : a blanket that you put over your lap and legs to keep them warm


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Kids Definition of rug

: a piece of thick heavy fabric usually with a nap or pile used especially as a floor covering

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to take the place or position of

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