\ 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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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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