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tug

verb \ ˈtəg \
Updated on: 8 Apr 2018

Definition of tug

tugged; tugging
1 : to pull hard
2 : to struggle in opposition : contend
3 : to exert oneself laboriously : labor
1 : to pull or strain hard at
2 a : to move by pulling hard : haul
b : to carry with difficulty : lug
3 : to tow with a tugboat

tugger

noun

Examples of tug in a Sentence

  1. I felt someone tugging on my sleeve.

  2. She tugged the cord until the plug came out of the wall socket.

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Origin and Etymology of tug

Middle English tuggen; akin to Old English togian to pull — more at tow

tug Synonyms

Synonyms

drag, draw, hale, haul, lug, pull, tow;

Antonyms

drive, propel, push;

Near Antonyms

shove, thrust;

Related Words

attract;

heave, jerk, yank;

carry, convey, ferry, move, transport;


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tug

noun

Definition of tug

1 a : an act or instance of tugging : pull
b : a strong pulling force
2 a : a straining effort
b : a struggle between two people or opposite forces
3 : tugboat
4 a : 3trace 1
b : a short leather strap or loop
c : a rope or chain used for pulling

Examples of tug in a Sentence

  1. He felt a gentle tug on his sleeve.

  2. gave the man in front a tug on his shirtsleeve as a sign that he was supposed to step aside

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First Known Use of tug

15th century

tug Synonyms

Synonyms

draw, haul, jerk, pluck, pull, wrench, yank;

Antonyms

push;

Near Antonyms

heave, shove, thrust;

Related Words

drag, tow;

hitch, twitch;

grab, snatch;

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


Tug

abbreviation

Definition of Tug

tugrik, tugriks


TUG Defined for English Language Learners

tug

Definition of tug for English Language Learners

  • : to pull something with a quick, forceful movement


tug

Definition of tug for English Language Learners

  • : an act of pulling on something : a quick pull

  • : a strong pulling force


TUG Defined for Kids

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tug

verb \ ˈtəg \

Definition of tug for Students

tugged; tugging
1 : to pull hard
  • I tugged at the rope.
2 : to move by pulling hard : drag
3 : to tow with a tugboat

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tug

noun

Definition of tug for Students

1 : an act of pulling hard : a hard pull
  • She gave him a tug.
2 : tugboat
3 : a strong pulling force
  • the tug of gravity
4 : a struggle between two people or forces

Medical Dictionary

tug

medical Definition of tug

— see tracheal tug


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