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

  • n. A small sturdy dog of an ancient breed originating in China, having a snub nose, wrinkled face, squarish body, short smooth hair, and curled tail.
  • n. A pug nose.
  • n. Clay ground and kneaded with water into a plastic consistency for forming bricks or pottery.
  • n. A machine for grinding and mixing clay.
  • transitive v. To work or knead (clay) with water.
  • transitive v. To fill in with clay or mortar.
  • transitive v. To make soundproof by covering or packing with clay, mortar, sawdust, or felt.
  • n. A footprint, track, or trail, especially of an animal; a pugmark.
  • n. Slang A fighter, especially a boxer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The footprint of an animal. (Also pugmark) (From the Hindi for 'foot', related to Sanskrit 'padh' and Greek 'ped')
  • n. Any compressed clay-like material mixed and worked into a soft, plastic condition for making bricks, pottery or for paving. (Also pug soil)
  • n. A nickname for a pugilist or boxer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Tempered clay; clay moistened and worked so as to be plastic.
  • n. A pug mill.
  • n. An elf, or a hobgoblin; also same as puck.
  • n. A name for a monkey.
  • n. A name for a fox.
  • n. An intimate; a crony; a dear one.
  • n. Chaff; the refuse of grain.
  • n. A prostitute.
  • n. One of a small breed of pet dogs having a short nose and head; a pug dog.
  • n. Any geometrid moth of the genus Eupithecia.
  • n. A footprint; a track; as of a boar.
  • transitive v. To mix and stir when wet, as clay for bricks, pottery, etc.
  • transitive v. To fill or stop with clay by tamping; to fill in or spread with mortar, as a floor or partition, for the purpose of deadening sound. See Pugging, 2.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To thrust; strike. [Prov. Eng.]
  • In building: To tamp with clay, or stop with puddle; clay.
  • To line (spaces between floor-joists) or cover (partition-walls) with coarse mortar, felt, sawdust, or any other material to impede the passage of sound; deaden; deafen.
  • In pottery-and brick-manuf., to grind, as clay, with water in order to render it plastic.
  • n. An elf; fairy; goblin; sprite: same as puck, 1.
  • n. A monkey.
  • n. A fox.
  • n. A dwarf variety of dog; a pug-dog.
  • n. A term of familiarity or endearment, like duck, etc.
  • n. A three-year-old salmon.
  • n. One of certain small geometrid moths: an English collectors' name. The netted pug is Eupithecia venosata; the foxglovepug is E. pulchellata.
  • n. A short cloak worn by ladies about the middle of the eighteenth century.
  • n. A pug-nose; the form or turn of a pug-nose: as, a decided pug.
  • n. Clay ground and worked or kneaded with water, and sometimes with other substances, into consistency for molding, as into bricks, etc.
  • n. A pug-mill.
  • n. Chaff; refuse of grain.
  • n. The print of a foot; a footmark. See puggi.

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

  • n. small compact smooth-coated breed of Asiatic origin having a tightly curled tail and broad flat wrinkled muzzle


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

Origin unknown.
Hindi pag, probably from Sanskrit padakam, footstep, foot, from padam.
Short for pugilist, boxer.



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  • "Cattle pee and poop around water supplies, under shade trees, and outside the gates of their enclosures. They do not evenly distribute their waste. Not even remotely. The field is thus not properly fertilized. The main way to mitigate this problem is to pack cattle with greater density, thus improving nutrient distribution. This decision, however, quickly leads to what called pugging---the transformation of soil around watering spots into muck that can be 18 inches thick---and overgrazing in the center of the pastures. Pugging and overgrazing counteract the benefits of nutrient distribution because the soil is less able to absorb the waste. The rotational grazer is thereby trapped."

    - James McWilliams, The Unequal Distribution of Waste,, 27 August 2012.

    August 27, 2012

  • Apparantly they sneeze a lot. I have never owned a dog, let alone a pug, and I can't picture them sneezing. :-)

    July 24, 2009

  • Well, he's scared. Can you blame him?

    I like pugs. Pug, pug, pug. They're cuuude!

    July 23, 2009

  • Nice link bilby!! The poor thing looks like it's eyes are going to fall out.

    July 23, 2009

  • may be an abbreviated form of puggaree, a hat band

    June 26, 2009

  • Just Say NO to Pugs!

    November 26, 2008

  • pug-fugly, anyone?

    November 26, 2008

  • A pug on the wrong side of town.

    November 26, 2008

  • "However, the name, as applied to the stretch of dirt and pug and gravel that the Goodyears had put through the woods and over the bogland to the little outport where my grandmother had been born, was not altogether inappropriate."

    --David Macfarlane, The Danger Tree, 221

    May 13, 2008