Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lug nut.
  • n. A device for terminating an electrical conductor to facilitate the mechanical connection; to the conductor it may be crimped to form a cold weld, soldered or have pressure from a screw.
  • n. A part of something which sticks out, used as a handle or support.
  • n. A fool, a large man.
  • n. An ear or ear lobe.
  • n. A wood box used for transporting fruit or vegetables.
  • n. A request for money, as for political purposes.
  • n. A rod or pole.
  • n. A measure of length equal to 16½ feet.
  • v. To haul, carry (especially something heavy).
  • v. To run at too slow a speed.
  • v. To carry an excessive amount of sail for the conditions prevailing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The ear, or its lobe.
  • n. 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
  • n. 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.
  • n. The leather loop or ear by which a shaft is held up.
  • n. The lugworm.
  • n. A man; sometimes implying clumsiness.
  • n. The act of lugging; ; that which is lugged.
  • n. Anything which moves slowly.
  • n. A rod or pole.
  • n. A measure of length, being 161/2 feet; a rod, pole, or perch.
  • intransitive v. To pull with force; to haul; to drag along; to carry with difficulty, as something heavy or cumbersome.
  • intransitive v. To move slowly and heavily.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • n. Anything that moves slowly or with difficulty; something of a heavy, lumpish, or sluggish nature.
  • n. Same as lug-sail.
  • n. plural Affected manners; “airs”: as, to put on lugs.
  • n. The lobe of the ear.
  • n. The ear.
  • n. A projecting part of some object resembling more or less in form or position the human ear.
  • n. In machinery, a projecting piece; specifically, a short flange by or to which something is fastened.
  • n. A projecting piece upon a founders' flask or mold.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The arm of a bee-frame.
  • n. A jamb or side wall of a recess, as a fireplace.
  • n. A grade of tobacco.
  • n. A rod or pole.
  • n. A pliable rod or twig such as is used in thatching.
  • n. 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.

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

  • v. obstruct
  • n. a sail with four corners that is hoisted from a yard that is oblique to the mast
  • n. a projecting piece that is used to lift or support or turn something
  • n. marine worms having a row of tufted gills along each side of the back; often used for fishing bait
  • v. carry with difficulty
  • n. ancient Celtic god

Etymologies

Middle English lugge, earflap, probably of Scandinavian origin.
Middle English luggen, of Scandinavian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • On the T3, the recoil lug is permanently embedded in the stock, with just its upper edge showing, and this edge fits into a groove on the receiver.

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  • Seasonal helpers who sign up in the tasting room at River Ridge pick grapes by hand on the six-acre vineyard and place them into a "lug" -- a tub that holds 22 to 24 pounds of grapes.

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  • Someone without experience could easily touch a ground wire to a main lug.

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  • NGUYEN: At first, except this chug a lug was a middle school class and the students were drinking milk.

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  • Gibcrokes and recons were local and less frequent names, and the folks who in their dialect called the lug-pole a gallows-balke called the pothooks gallows-crooks.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

  • -- Gibbie nodded and she resumed: -- "But gien ye wad tak a lug o 'a Fin'on haddie wi' me at nine o'clock, I wad be prood."

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  • The best kind of sail is the lug, which is an elongated square sail -- shown in the accompanying illustration.

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  • "lug" -- the clover and other green things cut with the crop that make it so rich a food for the cattle -- showing through the stems here and there.

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  • The inflammable catted chimney of logs and clay, hurriedly and readily built by the first settlers, soon gave place in all houses to vast chimneys of stone, built with projecting inner ledges, on which rested a bar about six or seven or even eight feet from the floor, called a lug-pole (lug meaning to carry) or a back-bar; this was made of green wood, and thus charred slowly -- but it charred surely in the generous flames of the great chimney heart.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

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  • "Scottish or informal - a person's ear." (Definition on Mac dictionary)

    March 18, 2011

  • Wow--a god! See also discussion on hasbian.

    May 3, 2009

  • Scots - handle.

    December 10, 2007