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[drohg] /droʊg/
a bucket or canvas bag used as a sea anchor.
  1. a funnel-shaped device attached to the end of a hose on a tanker aircraft for connecting with the probe of another aircraft to be refueled in flight.
  2. drogue parachute (def 1).
Origin of drogue
1715-25; earlier drug, common dialectal variant of drag Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for drogue
Historical Examples
  • "I wish to make known to you that I am of your party, Mr. drogue," she whispered.

    The Little Red Foot Robert W. Chambers
  • "You have a fine mare, Mr. drogue," said she, gently caressing Kaya with her naked heels.

    The Little Red Foot Robert W. Chambers
  • Beyond it he could see the gleaming metal ribbons of the drogue chute.

    The Quantum Jump Robert Wicks
  • When the boat of the Red Eric came up to the whale was the drogue still attached to it?

    The Red Eric R.M. Ballantyne
  • Fortunately, also, he was gliding down on the side opposite to that on which floated the “drogue.”

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for drogue


any funnel-like device, esp one of canvas, used as a sea anchor
  1. a small parachute released behind a jet aircraft to reduce its landing speed
  2. a small parachute released before a heavier main parachute during the landing of a spacecraft
a device towed behind an aircraft as a target for firing practice
a funnel-shaped device on the end of the refuelling hose of a tanker aircraft, to assist stability and the location of the probe of the receiving aircraft
another name for windsock
Word Origin
C18: probably based ultimately on Old English dragan to draw
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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