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rug

[ruhg] /rʌg/
noun
1.
a thick fabric for covering part of a floor, often woven of wool and often having an oblong shape with a border design.
Compare carpet.
2.
the treated skin of an animal, used as a floor covering:
a bear rug.
3.
Chiefly British. a piece of thick, warm cloth, used as a coverlet, lap robe, etc.
4.
Slang. toupee; hairpiece.
Idioms
5.
cut a rug, Older Slang. to dance, especially to jitterbug.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Old Norse rǫgg wool, long hairs; compare Norwegian rugga covering of coarse wool, Swedish rugg coarse hair
Related forms
ruglike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rug

rug

/rʌɡ/
noun
1.
a floor covering, smaller than a carpet and made of thick wool or of other material, such as an animal skin
2.
(mainly Brit) a blanket, esp one used as a wrap or lap robe for travellers
3.
(slang) a wig
4.
pull the rug out from under, to betray, expose, or leave defenceless
See also rug up
Derived Forms
ruglike, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Scandinavian; compare Norwegian rugga, Swedish rugg coarse hair. See rag1

RUG

abbreviation
1.
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Word Origin and History for rug
n.

1550s, "coarse fabric," of Scandinavian origin, cf. Norwegian dialectal rugga "coarse coverlet," from Old Norse rogg "shaggy tuft," from Proto-Germanic *rawwa-, perhaps related to rag (n.) and rough (adj.). Sense evolved to "coverlet, wrap" (1590s), then "mat for the floor" (1808). Meaning "toupee" is theater slang from 1940. Cut a rug "dance" is slang first attested 1942. To sweep (something) under the rug in the figurative sense is from 1954.

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Slang definitions & phrases for rug

rug

noun

A toupee; hairpiece; divot: I even wear a little rug up front (1940s+ fr theater)

Related Terms

cut the rug, pull the rug out from under


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Related Abbreviations for rug

RUG

resource utilization group
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Idioms and Phrases with rug
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