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lug1

[luhg] /lʌg/
verb (used with object), lugged, lugging.
1.
to pull or carry with force or effort:
to lug a suitcase upstairs.
2.
to introduce or interject in an inappropriate or irrelevant manner:
to lug personalities into a discussion of philosophy.
3.
(of a sailing ship) to carry an excessive amount of (sail) for the conditions prevailing.
verb (used without object), lugged, lugging.
4.
to pull or tug laboriously.
5.
(of an engine or machine) to jerk, hesitate, or strain:
The engine lugs when we climb a steep hill.
noun
6.
an act or instance of lugging; a forcible pull; haul.
7.
a wooden box for transporting fruit or vegetables.
8.
Slang. a request for or exaction of money, as for political purposes:
They put the lug on him at the office.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English luggen < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian lugge, Swedish lugga to pull by the hair
Related forms
unlugged, adjective

lug2

[luhg] /lʌg/
noun
1.
a projecting piece by which anything is held or supported.
2.
a ridge or welt that helps to provide traction, as on a tire or the sole of a shoe.
3.
Masonry. either of the ends of a lug sill.
4.
Carpentry. (in a double-hung window) one of a pair of projections extending downward from the ends of the meeting rail of the upper sash.
5.
a leather loop hanging down from a saddle, through which a shaft is passed for support.
6.
Shipbuilding. clip2 (def 6).
7.
Slang.
  1. an awkward, clumsy fellow.
  2. a blockhead.
  3. a man; guy.
Origin
1485-95; < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian, Swedish lugg forelock. See lug1

lug3

[luhg] /lʌg/
noun
1.
Origin
by shortening

lug4

[luhg] /lʌg/
noun
1.
Origin
1595-1605; earlier lugg; perhaps special use of lug2

Lug

[loo kh] /lʊx/
noun
1.
an ancient Irish god, probably a solar deity.
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British Dictionary definitions for lug

lug1

/lʌɡ/
verb lugs, lugging, lugged
1.
to carry or drag (something heavy) with great effort
2.
(transitive) to introduce (an irrelevant topic) into a conversation or discussion
3.
(transitive) (of a sailing vessel) to carry too much (sail) for the amount of wind blowing
noun
4.
the act or an instance of lugging
Word Origin
C14: probably from Scandinavian; apparently related to Norwegian lugge to pull by the hair

lug2

/lʌɡ/
noun
1.
a projecting piece by which something is connected, supported, or lifted
2.
Also called tug. a leather loop used in harness for various purposes
3.
a box or basket for vegetables or fruit with a capacity of 28 to 40 pounds
4.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) another word for ear1
5.
(slang) a man, esp a stupid or awkward one
Word Origin
C15 (Scots dialect) lugge ear, perhaps related to lug1 (in the sense: to pull by the ear)

lug3

/lʌɡ/
noun
1.
(nautical) short for lugsail

lug4

/lʌɡ/
noun
1.
short for lugworm
Word Origin
C16: origin uncertain

lugsail

/ˈlʌɡsəl/
noun
1.
(nautical) a four-sided sail bent and hoisted on a yard
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from Middle English (now dialect) lugge pole, or from lugge ear
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Word Origin and History for lug
v.

late 14c., "to move (something) heavily or slowly," from Scandinavian (cf. Swedish lugga, Norwegian lugge "to pull by the hair"); see lug (n.). Related: Lugged; lugging.

n.

1620s, "handle of a pitcher," from lugge (Scottish) "earflap of a cap, ear" (late 15c.; according to OED, the common word for "ear" in 19c. Scotland), probably from Scandinavian (cf. Swedish lugg "forelock," Norwegian lugg "tuft of hair"). The connecting notion is "something that can be gripped and pulled." Applied 19c. to mechanical objects that can be grabbed or gripped. Meaning "stupid fellow" is from 1924; that of "lout, sponger" is 1931, American English. Cf. lug-nut (1869), nut closed at one end as a cap.

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Slang definitions & phrases for lug

lug

noun
  1. A stupid man; dull fellow; bozo: Those lugs in the band would begin to kid me about it/ a simpleminded lug like Moose Malloy (1924+)
  2. A demand for money, esp bribe or protection money: a captain of detectives who was collecting the lug from the gambling houses (1934+)
verb

To solicit money; borrow

[origins and derivations uncertain; the first noun sense is probably fr lug, ''something heavy and clumsy,'' attested in the 16th century and retained in several English dialects where it is used derogatorily of persons]


LUG

noun

: At colleges as diverse as Smith and Ohio State, for example, episodic lesbians are numerous and open enough to have spawned an acronym: lug, short for Lesbian Until Graduation (1990s+)


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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