- 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.
tug definition by Webster's New World
- to exert great effort in pulling; pull hard; drag; haul: often with at
- to labor; toil; struggle
Origin: Middle 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
- tugger noun
tug definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb tugged tugged, tug·ging, tugs verb, transitive
- To pull at vigorously or repeatedly.
- To move by pulling with great effort or exertion; drag.
- To tow by tugboat.
- To pull hard: tugged at her boots. See Synonyms at pull.
- To toil or struggle; strain.
- To vie; contend.
- A strong pull or pulling force: the tug of the sea.
- 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: Middle English tuggen, from Old English tēon; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.
- tugˈger noun