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[luhg] /lʌg/
verb (used with object), lugged, lugging.
to pull or carry with force or effort:
to lug a suitcase upstairs.
to introduce or interject in an inappropriate or irrelevant manner:
to lug personalities into a discussion of philosophy.
(of a sailing ship) to carry an excessive amount of (sail) for the conditions prevailing.
verb (used without object), lugged, lugging.
to pull or tug laboriously.
(of an engine or machine) to jerk, hesitate, or strain:
The engine lugs when we climb a steep hill.
an act or instance of lugging; a forcible pull; haul.
a wooden box for transporting fruit or vegetables.
Slang. a request for or exaction of money, as for political purposes:
They put the lug on him at the office.
Origin of lug1
1300-50; Middle English luggen < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian lugge, Swedish lugga to pull by the hair
Related forms
unlugged, adjective Unabridged
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  • I had lugged my double-barrel thus far, a futile burden, unless when it served a minatory purpose among the drunken Klalams.

    Mount Rainier Various
  • He even washed the potaters for her, made the fires, an' lugged water.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • I've lugged you through the snow till my shoulders chafed and bled.

    Marriage H. G. Wells
  • He took the huddled inmate by the collar of his doublet, and lugged him out into the open.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • It is really not for brag that I have lugged in this story—at least, I hope not.

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • He did though, and lugged me along for a chaperone, which is some out of my line.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • A wisp of curses came back into the big room as she was lugged up the stairs towards the hotel.

    Little Lost Sister Virginia Brooks
  • He had lugged it over the trail at the cost of infinite toil and weariness.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • We picked Sam up together and lugged his body up to the top of the shaft, where the crowd had collected.

    Let'em Breathe Space Lester del Rey
British Dictionary definitions for lugged


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


a projecting piece by which something is connected, supported, or lifted
Also called tug. a leather loop used in harness for various purposes
a box or basket for vegetables or fruit with a capacity of 28 to 40 pounds
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) another word for ear1
(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)


(nautical) short for lugsail


short for lugworm
Word Origin
C16: origin uncertain
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Word Origin and History for lugged



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.


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 lugged



  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+)


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]



: 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.
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