Lug Definition

lŭg
lugged, lugging, lugs
noun
lugs
An ear.
Webster's New World
An earlike projection by which a thing is held or supported.
Webster's New World
Any of the heavy bolts which extend out from an axle hub or a disc brake, used with a nut (lug nut) to mount a wheel.
Webster's New World
A lugsail.
American Heritage
A loop on the side of a harness through which the shaft passes.
Webster's New World
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verb
lugged, lugging, lugs
To veer slightly from a direct course.
The favorite lugged in toward the rail.
Webster's New World
To carry or drag laboriously (something heavy)
To lug a crate upstairs.
Webster's New World
To pull or drag with short jerks.
American Heritage
To bring or introduce with some effort, awkwardness, etc.
You needn't lug my name into your argument.
Webster's New World
To cause (an engine, for example) to run poorly or hesitate.
If you drive too slowly in third gear, you'll lug the engine.
American Heritage
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Origin of Lug

  • Probably from Old Norse (compare Swedish lugga, Norwegian lugge). Noun is via Scots lugge, probably from Old Norse (compare Swedish and Norwegian lugg). Probably related to slug (“lazy, slow-moving"), which is from similar Scandinavian sources.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English lugge earflap probably of Scandinavian origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English luggen of Scandinavian origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old Irish

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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