Tugged the bell rope.
Tugged at the coat's zipper.
Gave the leash a tug.
He had a quick tug to calm himself down before his date.
An example of tug is a dog pulling on the knot in a rope which is being pulled in the opposite direction by someone.
The tug of gravity.
A tug between loyalty and desire.
An example of a tug is the type of boat that would be used to tow a broken down battleship back to shore.
Tugged the mattress onto the porch.
Origin of tug
- Middle English tuggen from Old English tēon deuk- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English tuggen, toggen, from Old English togian (“to draw, drag"), from Proto-Germanic *tugÅnÄ… (“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.