1 [puhg]
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.

1560–70; origin uncertain

pugginess, noun
puggish, puggy, adjective
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pug1 (pʌɡ)
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
[C16: of uncertain origin]

pug2 (pʌɡ)
vb , 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
[C19: of uncertain origin]

pug3 (pʌɡ)
a slang name for boxer
[C20: shortened from pugilist]

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Word Origin & History

1566, general term of endearment, probably related to puck (2); one of the earliest senses is "sprite, imp" (1616). The sense of "miniature dog" is from 1749; that of "monkey" is 1664. The word at various times meant "a bargeman" (1591), "a harlot" (c.1600), and "an upper servant in a great house" (1847).
Pug-nose is from 1778, based on similarity to either the monkey or the dog.
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