Definitions for TUGtʌg

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tugtʌg(v.; n.)tugged, tug•ging

  1. (v.t.)to pull at with force, vigor, or effort.

  2. to move by pulling forcibly; drag; haul.

  3. to tow (a vessel) by means of a tugboat.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  4. (v.i.)to pull with force or effort.

  5. to strive hard; labor; toil.

  6. (n.)an act or instance of tugging; pull.

  7. a strenuous contest; struggle.

  8. Category: Navy

    Ref: tugboat.

  9. that by which something is tugged, as a rope or chain.

  10. Ref: trace2 (def. 1). 2 1

Origin of tug:

1175–1225; ME toggen to play-wrestle, contend; akin to OE togian to tow1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. tug, jerk(noun)

    a sudden abrupt pull

  2. tugboat, tug, towboat, tower(verb)

    a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships

  3. tug(verb)

    pull hard

    "The prisoner tugged at the chains"; "This movie tugs at the heart strings"

  4. tug, labor, labour, push, drive(verb)

    strive and make an effort to reach a goal

    "She tugged for years to make a decent living"; "We have to push a little to make the deadline!"; "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"

  5. tug(verb)

    tow (a vessel) with a tug

    "The tugboat tugged the freighter into the harbor"

  6. lug, tote, tug(verb)

    carry with difficulty

    "You'll have to lug this suitcase"

  7. tug(verb)

    move by pulling hard

    "The horse finally tugged the cart out of the mud"

  8. tug(verb)

    pull or strain hard at

    "Each oar was tugged by several men"

  9. tug(verb)

    struggle in opposition

    "She tugged and wrestled with her conflicts"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tug(verb)ʌg

    to pull with short hard pulls

    The puppy tugged on/at his pants leg.; I tugged the door open.

  2. tug(noun)ʌg

    a short hard pull

    A few tugs and it was open.


  1. tug(Noun)

    a sudden powerful pull

  2. tug(Noun)

    a tugboat

  3. tug(Noun)

    An act of masturbation

    He had a quick tug to calm himself down before his date.

  4. tug(Verb)

    to pull or drag with great effort

    The police officers tugged the drunkard out of the pub.

  5. tug(Verb)

    to pull hard repeatedly

    He lost his patience trying to undo his shoe-lace, but tugging it made the knot even tighter.

  6. tug(Verb)

    to tow by tugboat

  7. Origin: From tuggen, toggen, from togian, from tugōnan, from dewk-. Cognate with togen, zogen, toga. Related to tee, tow.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tug(verb)

    to pull or draw with great effort; to draw along with continued exertion; to haul along; to tow; as, to tug a loaded cart; to tug a ship into port

  2. Tug(verb)

    to pull; to pluck

  3. Tug(verb)

    to pull with great effort; to strain in labor; as, to tug at the oar; to tug against the stream

  4. Tug(verb)

    to labor; to strive; to struggle

  5. Tug(noun)

    a pull with the utmost effort, as in the athletic contest called tug of war; a supreme effort

  6. Tug(noun)

    a sort of vehicle, used for conveying timber and heavy articles

  7. Tug(noun)

    a small, powerful steamboat used to tow vessels; -- called also steam tug, tugboat, and towboat

  8. Tug(noun)

    a trace, or drawing strap, of a harness

  9. Tug(noun)

    an iron hook of a hoisting tub, to which a tackle is affixed

Anagrams of TUG

  1. gut, GUT

  2. Gut

Translations for TUG

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a strong, sharp pull

He gave the rope a tug.

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