See also: Tuğ



From Middle English tuggen, toggen, from Old English togian (to draw, drag), from Proto-Germanic *tugōną (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.


  • enPR: tŭg, IPA(key): /tʌɡ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌɡ


tug (third-person singular simple present tugs, present participle tugging, simple past and past participle tugged)

  1. (transitive) to pull or drag with great effort
    The police officers tugged the drunkard out of the pub.
  2. (transitive) to pull hard repeatedly
    He lost his patience trying to undo his shoe-lace, but tugging it made the knot even tighter.
  3. (transitive) to tow by tugboat

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tug (plural tugs)

  1. a sudden powerful pull
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      At the tug he falls, / Vast ruins come along, rent from the smoking walls.
    • 2011 September 24, David Ornstein, “Arsenal 3 - 0 Bolton”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      But Van Persie slotted home 40 seconds after the break before David Wheater saw red for a tug on Theo Walcott.
  2. (nautical) a tugboat
  3. (obsolete) A kind of vehicle used for conveying timber and heavy articles.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
  4. A trace, or drawing strap, of a harness.
  5. (mining) An iron hook of a hoisting tub, to which a tackle is affixed.
  6. (slang) An act of masturbation
    He had a quick tug to calm himself down before his date.

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tug n

  1. train


This noun needs an inflection-table template.

Scottish GaelicEdit



  1. past tense of thoir

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