From Middle English tuggen, toggen, from Old English togian (“to draw, drag”), from Proto-West Germanic *togōn, from Proto-Germanic *tugōną (“to draw, tear”), from Proto-Indo-European *dewk- (“to pull”).
- (transitive) to pull or drag with great effort
- The police officers tugged the drunkard out of the pub.
- (transitive) to pull hard repeatedly
- He lost his patience trying to undo his shoe-lace, but tugging it made the knot even tighter.
- (transitive) to tow by tugboat
- (slang, transitive, intransitive) to masturbate
tug (plural tugs)
- A sudden powerful pull.
- (nautical) A tugboat.
- (obsolete) A kind of vehicle used for conveying timber and heavy articles.
- 1910, Rudyard Kipling, Simple Simon:
- Cattiwi came down the steep lane with his five-horse timber-tug
- A trace, or drawing strap, of a harness.
- (mining) An iron hook of a hoisting tub, to which a tackle is affixed.
- (slang) An act of male masturbation.
- He had a quick tug to calm himself down before his date.
This noun needs an inflection-table template.
tūg (used in the form magtūg)
- to sleep