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[fuhg] /fʌg/
stale air, especially the humid, warm, ill-smelling air of a crowded room, kitchen, etc.
Origin of fug
British slang
1885-90; of obscure origin; compare earlier British slang fogo stench Unabridged
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  • All others were below ground round the "fug" of their braziers.

  • All dugouts have a peculiar "fug" of their own, but these German dugouts were particularly unpleasant.

    Fighting the Boche Underground Harry Davis Trounce
  • The draughtiness and civilization of the new huts compared with the "fug" of the tents all combined to give us chills!

    Fanny Goes to War Pat Beauchamp
British Dictionary definitions for fug


(mainly Brit) a hot, stale, or suffocating atmosphere
Derived Forms
fuggy, adjective
Word Origin
C19: perhaps variant of fog1
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Word Origin and History for fug

"thick, close, stuffy atmosphere," 1888.

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