Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A dull explosive sound, usually short and repeated, made by or as if by a laboring engine.
  • intransitive v. To make dull explosive sounds.
  • intransitive v. To move or travel while making dull explosive sounds.
  • transitive v. Slang To chugalug.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dull, fairly quick explosive or percussive sound, as if made by a labouring engine.
  • n. A person of native American descent.
  • v. To make dull explosive sounds.
  • v. To move or travel whilst making such sounds.
  • v. to drink a large amount (especially of beer) in a single action; to chugalug.
  • n. A dog; a cross between a pug and a chihuahua.
  • n. A person of native American descent.
  • v. (British slang, derogatory) To solicit charitable donations on the street, particularly when done in a persistent manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To take fish by gaffing them through holes cut in the ice.
  • n. A short sudden tug or pull.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a dull, explosive sound
  • n. the dull explosive noise made by an engine

Etymologies

Imitative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Onomatopoeia (Wiktionary)
blend of chihuahua and pug (Wiktionary)
blend of charity and mug (Wiktionary)

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