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tug

verb \ ˈtəg \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of tug

tugged; tugging
intransitive verb
1 :to pull hard
2 :to struggle in opposition :contend
3 :to exert oneself laboriously :labor
transitive verb
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, tow, pull
Antonyms
drive, propel, push
Related Words
attract; heave, jerk, yank; carry, convey, ferry, move, transport
Near Antonyms
shove, thrust

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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
Related Words
drag, tow; hitch, twitch; grab, snatch
Near Antonyms
heave, shove, thrust

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


Tug

abbreviation

Definition of Tug

tugrik, tugriks


TUG Defined for English Language Learners

tug

verb

Definition of tug for English Language Learners

  • : to pull something with a quick, forceful movement


tug

noun

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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