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chug1

[chuhg] /tʃʌg/
noun
1.
a short, dull, explosive sound:
the steady chug of an engine.
verb (used without object), chugged, chugging.
2.
to make this sound:
The motor chugged.
3.
to move while making this sound:
The train chugged along.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism; imitative
Related forms
chugger, noun

chug2

[chuhg] /tʃʌg/
verb (used with object), chugged, chugging.
verb (used without object), chugged, chugging.
2.
to drink something in large gulps:
to chug on a bottle of beer.
noun
3.
a large gulp or swallow:
He finished his beer in two chugs.
Origin
imitative
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Examples from the web for chug
  • Of course, if you're really thirsty and chug your first drink and go to refill it immediately, this will slow you down a bit.
  • However, users of energy drinks may chug them more quickly than they would hot coffee because they're served cold.
  • The overall picture is of a labour market that continues to chug along in the right direction, albeit far too slowly.
  • Shift up to a higher gear and the wheels can spin faster while the pistons chug along at peak efficiency.
  • It can't all be hills, you gotta slow down and chug up a hill before you crest and come screaming down it.
  • Americans drive imported cars, wear imported clothes and chug imported beers.
  • So they all squash in and, for a while, chug along happily.
British Dictionary definitions for chug

chug

/tʃʌɡ/
noun
1.
a short dull sound, esp one that is rapidly repeated, such as that made by an engine
verb chugs, chugging, chugged
2.
(intransitive) (of an engine, etc) to operate while making such sounds
Word Origin
C19: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for chug
n.

1866, echoic of a working steam engine. As a verb, from 1884. Related: Chugged; chugging. Drinking sense attested by 1940s (chug-a-lug), probably imitative of the sound of swallowing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chug

chug 1

verb

To drink very quickly and in volume, as alcohol: chugged six milks at lunch


chug 2

verb

To move along, esp slowly and laboriously: The USS Saratoga came chugging up the Delaware

[1900+; echoic of an engine, esp a steam engine, operating]


chug-a-lug

verb

To drink the whole of what is in a glass or bottle without pausing: I tried to chug-a-lug a quart bottle of Schaefer/ He chugged a liter of vodka and dropped dead

[1940s+; echoic of the sound of repeated swallowing; perhaps related to Scots dialect chug, ''a short tug or pull'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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chug in Technology

jargon
To run slowly; to grind or grovel. "The disk is chugging like crazy."
[Jargon File]
(1995-03-25)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Related Abbreviations for chug

chug

chug-a-lug
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