American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To pull at vigorously or repeatedly.
- v. To move by pulling with great effort or exertion; drag.
- v. To tow by tugboat.
- v. To pull hard: tugged at her boots. See Synonyms at pull.
- v. To toil or struggle; strain.
- v. To vie; contend.
- n. A strong pull or pulling force: the tug of the sea.
- n. A contest; a struggle: a tug between loyalty and desire.
- n. A tugboat.
- n. A land, air, or space vehicle that moves or tows other vehicles: an airplane tug.
- n. A rope, chain, or strap used in hauling, especially a harness trace.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pull or draw with sturdy effort or violent strain; haul with force; pull.
- To tow by means of a steam-tug: as, the vessel had to be tugged into port.
- To pull with great effort; haul; drag.
- To exert one's self; labor; strive; struggle; contend; wrestle.
- n. The act of pulling, dragging, or hauling with effort, exertion, or difficulty.
- n. A supreme effort; the severest strain or struggle; a contest; wrestle; tussle.
- n. A vehicle used in some parts of England for conveying timber or fagots.
- n. A small but powerful steam-vessel, whether screw or paddle, constructed for the purpose of towing other vessels.
- n. A chain, strong rope, or leather strap used as a trace; a trace (of a harness).
- n. In mining, an iron hoop to which a tackle is affixed.
- n. An athletic contest in which a number of persons, generally four on each side and limited to a certain weight, tug at the ends of a rope, each side trying to pull the rope from the other, or to pull the other side over a line marked on the ground between the contestants. Also called ropepull.
- v. transitive to pull or drag with great effort
- v. transitive to pull hard repeatedly
- v. transitive to tow by tugboat
- n. a sudden powerful pull
- n. nautical a tugboat
- n. slang An act of masturbation
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To pull or draw with great effort; to draw along with continued exertion; to haul along; to tow
- v. obsolete To pull; to pluck.
- v. To pull with great effort; to strain in labor.
- v. To labor; to strive; to struggle.
- n. A pull with the utmost effort, as in the athletic contest called
tug of war; a supreme effort.
- n. Prov. Eng. A sort of vehicle, used for conveying timber and heavy articles.
- n. (Naut.) A small, powerful steamboat used to tow vessels; -- called also
steam tug, tugboat, and towboat.
- n. A trace, or drawing strap, of a harness.
- n. (Mining.) An iron hook of a hoisting tub, to which a tackle is affixed.
- v. strive and make an effort to reach a goal
- v. pull or strain hard at
- n. a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships
- v. carry with difficulty
- v. struggle in opposition
- v. pull hard
- n. a sudden abrupt pull
- v. move by pulling hard
- v. tow (a vessel) with a tug
- From Middle English tuggen, toggen, from Old English togian ("to draw, drag"), from Proto-Germanic *tugōnan (“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. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English tuggen, from Old English tēon. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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