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pug1

[puhg] /pʌg/
noun
1.
one of a breed of small, short-haired dogs having a tightly curled tail, a deeply wrinkled face, and a smooth coat that is black or silver and fawn with black markings.
2.
Origin of pug1
1560-1570
1560-70; origin uncertain
Related forms
pugginess, noun
puggish, puggy, adjective

pug2

[puhg] /pʌg/
verb (used with object), pugged, pugging.
1.
to knead (clay or the like) with water to make it plastic, as for brickmaking.
2.
to fill or stop with clay or the like.
3.
to pack or cover with mortar or the like, as to deaden sound.
4.
to mix with water so as to form a paste.
Origin
1800-10; origin uncertain

pug3

[puhg] /pʌg/
noun, Slang.
1.
a boxer; pugilist.
Origin
1855-60; short for pugilist

pug4

[puhg] /pʌg/
noun
1.
Also called pugmark. a footprint, especially of a game animal.
verb (used with object), pugged, pugging.
2.
to track (especially game) by following footprints or another spoor.
Origin
1860-65; < Hindi pag footprint
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  • pug raised his head cautiously, and peered out over the parapet.

    Grapes of wrath Boyd Cable
  • Then I laughed; they won't mind my getting rid of freckles and a pug nose.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • In the carriage next to Rachel there was a very stout, very richly coloured lady with a strong scent and a pug dog.

    The Duchess of Wrexe Hugh Walpole
  • It came from the pug, which lay coiled up on the sofa, asleep.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Before she had taken off her bonnet and made friends with the pug, she had already broached the subject nearest the other's heart.

    Contraband G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • "So you see what went when I went," the pug said, after a noisy pause.

    A Boswell of Baghdad E. V. Lucas
  • Cyclopidius (synonymous with Brachymeryx) is a kind of pug form of Oreodon.

  • He has a pug nose and wears giglamps, and I've a suspicion that he's a fearful dude.

    In Blue Creek Caon Anna Chapin Ray
  • I said I didn't want a black-and-tan, and I'd throw a pug out of the window!

    Miss Elliot's Girls Mrs Mary Spring Corning
British Dictionary definitions for pug

pug1

/pʌɡ/
noun
1.
Also called carlin. a small compact breed of dog with a smooth coat, lightly curled tail, and a short wrinkled nose
2.
any of several small geometrid moths, mostly of the genus Eupithecia, with slim forewings held outstretched at rest
Derived Forms
puggish, adjective
Word Origin
C16: of uncertain origin

pug2

/pʌɡ/
verb (transitive) pugs, pugging, pugged
1.
to mix or knead (clay) with water to form a malleable mass or paste, often in a pug mill
2.
to fill or stop with clay or a similar substance
3.
(of cattle) to trample (the ground) into consolidated mud
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin

pug3

/pʌɡ/
noun
1.
a slang name for boxer (sense 1)
Word Origin
C20: shortened from pugilist
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Word Origin and History for pug
n.

1560s, general term of endearment (also puggy), probably related to puck (n.2); one of the earliest senses is "sprite, imp" (1610s). The sense of "miniature dog" is from 1749 (pug-dog); that of "monkey" is 1660s. The word at various times meant "a bargeman" (1590s), "a harlot" (c.1600), and "an upper servant in a great house" (1847).

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Slang definitions & phrases for pug

pug

noun

A prizefighter or boxer; pugilist

[1858+; fr pugilist]

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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