Slug Definition

slŭg
slugged, slugging, slugs
noun
slugs
A round bullet larger than buckshot.
American Heritage
An amount of liquid, especially liquor, that is swallowed in one gulp; a swig.
American Heritage
A person, vehicle, etc. that moves sluggishly.
Webster's New World
A small piece or lump of metal; specif., a bullet.
Webster's New World
A piece of metal shaped like and used in place of a coin in automatic coin machines; esp., such a substitute coin when used illegally.
Webster's New World
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verb
slugged, slugging, slugs
To wait for or obtain a ride to work by standing at a roadside hoping to be picked up by a driver who needs another passenger to use the HOV lanes of a highway.
American Heritage
To insert (a slug) between lines.
Webster's New World
To hit hard.
To slug someone in the nose, to slug a baseball over the fence.
Webster's New World
To drink rapidly or in large gulps.
Slugged down a can of pop.
American Heritage
To strike heavily, especially with the fist or a bat.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Slug

Noun

Singular:
slug
Plural:
slugs

Origin of Slug

  • Originally referred to a lazy person, from Middle English slugge, probably of Scandinavian/Old Norse origin; compare dialectal Norwegian sluggje (“heavy, slow person").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English slugge sluggard probably of Scandinavian origin

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

  • Perhaps from slug (from its shape)

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

  • Possibly from slug

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

  • Probably from slug

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

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