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

  • n. A heavy fabric used to cover a floor.
  • n. An animal skin used as a floor covering.
  • n. Chiefly British A piece of thick, warm fabric or fur used as a coverlet or lap robe.
  • n. Slang A toupee.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A partial covering for a floor.
  • n. A (usually thick) piece of fabric used for warmth (especially on a bed); a blanket.
  • n. A wig; a hairpiece.
  • v. To pull roughly or hastily; to plunder; to spoil; to tear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of coarse, heavy frieze, formerly used for garments.
  • n. A piece of thick, nappy fabric, commonly made of wool, -- used for various purposes, as for covering and ornamenting part of a bare floor, for hanging in a doorway as a potière, for protecting a portion of carpet, for a wrap to protect the legs from cold, etc.
  • n. A rough, woolly, or shaggy dog.
  • transitive v. To pull roughly or hastily; to plunder; to spoil; to tear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pull roughly or hastily; tear; tug.
  • Snug; warm.
  • n. A rough, heavy woolen fabric; a kind of coarse, nappy frieze, used especially for the garments of the poorer classes.
  • n. A thick, heavy covering, ordinarily woolen, and having a shaggy nap; a piece of thick nappy material used for various purposes.
  • n. A covering for the floor; a mat, usually oblong or square, and woven in one piece. Rugs, especially those of Oriental make, often show rich designs and elaborate workmanship, and are hence sometimes used for hangings.
  • n. A lap-robe; a thick shawl or covering used in driving, traveling, etc., as a protection against the cold.
  • n. A rough, woolly, or shaggy dog.
  • n. A kind of strong liquor or drink.
  • n. A rough or hasty pull; a tug.
  • n. Another form of rig, a dialectal variant of ridge.

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

  • n. floor covering consisting of a piece of thick heavy fabric (usually with nap or pile)


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

Of Scandinavian origin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Origin uncertain; compare Swedish rugg ("rough entangled hair"), Old Norse rogg, English rough.


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