- Tug is short for tugboat which is a boat that is used for towing or pushing other water vehicles.
An example of a tug is the type of boat that would be used to tow a broken down battleship back to shore.
- Tug is defined as to drag or pull hard.
An example of tug is a dog pulling on the knot in a rope which is being pulled in the opposite direction by someone.
intransitive verbtugged, tugging
- to exert great effort in pulling; pull hard; drag; haul: often with at
- to labor; toil; struggle
Origin of tugMiddle English tuggen, probably ; from Old Norse toga, to draw, pull, akin to Old English togian (see tow), teon, to pull ; from Indo-European base an unverified form deuk-, to draw, pull from source duct
- to pull at with great force; strain at
- to drag; haul
- to tow with a tugboat
- an act or instance of tugging; hard pull
- a great effort or strenuous contest
- a rope, chain, etc. used for tugging or pulling; esp., a trace of a harness
verbtugged tugged, tug·ging, tugs
- To pull at vigorously or repeatedly: tugged the bell rope. See Synonyms at pull.
- To move by pulling with great effort or exertion; drag: tugged the mattress onto the porch.
- To tow by tugboat.
- An instance of tugging; a strong or sudden pull: gave the leash a tug.
- A pulling force: the tug of gravity.
- A contest; a struggle: a tug between loyalty and desire.
- a. A tugboat.b. A land, air, or space vehicle that moves or tows other vehicles: an airplane tug.
- A rope, chain, or strap used in hauling, especially a harness trace.
Origin of tugMiddle English tuggen, from Old English tēon; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present tugs, present participle tugging, simple past and past participle tugged)
From Middle English tuggen, toggen, from Old English togian (“to draw, drag”), from Proto-Germanic *tugōną (“to draw, tear”), from Proto-Indo-European *dewk- (“to pull”). Cognate with Middle Low German togen (“to draw”), Middle High German zogen (“to pull, tear off”), Icelandic toga (“to pull, draw”). Related to tee, tow.