from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To drag or haul (an object) laboriously.
  • intransitive verb To pull or drag with short jerks.
  • intransitive verb To cause (an engine, for example) to run poorly or hesitate.
  • intransitive verb To pull something with difficulty; tug.
  • intransitive verb To move along by jerks or as if under a heavy burden.
  • intransitive verb To run poorly or hesitate because of strain. Used of an engine.
  • noun The act of lugging.
  • noun Something lugged.
  • noun A box for shipping fruit or vegetables.
  • noun A handle or projection used as a hold or support.
  • noun A lug nut.
  • noun Nautical A lugsail.
  • noun A projecting part of a larger piece that helps to provide traction, as on a tire or the sole of a boot.
  • noun A copper or brass fitting to which electrical wires can be soldered or otherwise connected.
  • noun Slang A clumsy fool; a blockhead.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To pull with force or effort, as something that is heavy or resists; haul; drag.
  • To carry, as something heavy or burdensome; bear laboriously.
  • Especially To drag or pull about by the ears or head, as a bear or a bull, to excite it to action; bait; worry.
  • To geld.
  • To pull with effort: followed by at.
  • To move heavily, or with resistance; drag.
  • noun A rod or pole.
  • noun A pliable rod or twig such as is used in thatching.
  • noun A measure of length, properly 15 feet 1 inch, but sometimes 16½, 18, or 20 feet (a lug of coppicewood in Herefordshire was 49 square yards); a pole or perch.
  • noun Anything that moves slowly or with difficulty; something of a heavy, lumpish, or sluggish nature.
  • noun Same as lug-sail.
  • noun plural Affected manners; “airs”: as, to put on lugs.
  • To form with a lug or projection: as, to lug a door-sill (that is, to hollow out or chamfer off the upper and outer angle of the stone to within a short distance of each end, the parts not cut away forming the lugs).
  • noun The lobe of the ear.
  • noun The ear.
  • noun A projecting part of some object resembling more or less in form or position the human ear.
  • noun In machinery, a projecting piece; specifically, a short flange by or to which something is fastened.
  • noun A projecting piece upon a founders' flask or mold.
  • noun In single harness, one of the two loops of leather dependent from the saddle, one on each side, through which the shafts are passed for support.
  • noun The arm of a bee-frame.
  • noun A jamb or side wall of a recess, as a fireplace.
  • noun A grade of tobacco.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Prov. Eng. A rod or pole.
  • noun obsolete A measure of length, being 161/2 feet; a rod, pole, or perch.
  • noun [Local, U.S.] a pole on which a kettle is hung over the fire, either in a chimney or in the open air.
  • intransitive verb To move slowly and heavily.
  • noun Scot. & Prov. Eng. The ear, or its lobe.
  • noun That which projects like an ear, esp. that by which anything is supported, carried, or grasped, or to which a support is fastened; an ear
  • noun (Mach.) A projecting piece to which anything, as a rod, is attached, or against which anything, as a wedge or key, bears, or through which a bolt passes, etc.
  • noun (Harness) The leather loop or ear by which a shaft is held up.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The lugworm.
  • noun slang A man; sometimes implying clumsiness.
  • noun (Mach.) a bolt terminating in a long, flat extension which takes the place of a head; a strap bolt.


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

[Middle English lugge, earflap, probably of Scandinavian origin.]

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

[Middle English luggen, of Scandinavian origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Probably from Old Norse (compare Swedish lugga, Norwegian lugge). Noun is via Scots lugge, probably from Old Norse (compare Swedish and Norwegian lugg). Probably related to slug ("lazy, slow-moving"), which is from similar Scandinavian sources.


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