Tug Definition

tŭg
tugged, tugging, tugs
verb
tugged, tugging, tugs
To pull at vigorously or repeatedly.
Tugged the bell rope.
American Heritage
To exert great effort in pulling; pull hard; drag; haul.
Webster's New World
To labor; toil; struggle.
Webster's New World
To pull at with great force; strain at.
Webster's New World
To drag; haul.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
push
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noun
tugs
An act or instance of tugging; hard pull.
Webster's New World
A pulling force.
The tug of gravity.
American Heritage
A great effort or strenuous contest.
Webster's New World
A tugboat.
American Heritage
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
Antonyms:
push
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Other Word Forms of Tug

Noun

Singular:
tug
Plural:
tuggers, tugs

Origin of Tug

  • From Middle English tuggen, toggen, from Old English togian (“to draw, drag"), from Proto-Germanic *tugōnÄ… (“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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English tuggen from Old English tēon deuk- in Indo-European roots

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

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