There are 2 main definitions of chug in English:

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chug 1

Pronunciation: /tʃʌɡ/

verb (chugs, chugging, chugged)

[no object, with adverbial of direction]
1(Of a vehicle or boat) move slowly making regular muffled explosive sounds, as of an engine running slowly: a cabin cruiser was chugging down the river
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  • But all too soon the boat had chugged slowly past St Mark's Square, into the Grand Canal and up to the small landing stage a short amble from our hotel.
  • Although boats chugged up and down the water on a regular basis (the river was a designated highway), road access was limited.
  • Two battered motor vehicles chugged down one side of the street, throwing out huge clouds of dirty black smoke.
1.1 [no object] Make a series of muffled explosive sounds: he could hear the pipes chugging
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  • I could hear machinery of some kind chugging away inside.
  • You can actually hear his brain make chugging noises when he thinks.
  • We hear the chugging, as it comes closer to the station.

noun

A muffled explosive sound or sounds: the chug of a motor boat
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  • AS THE chug of a train rumbles overhead, Andy Arnold takes a seat amid the lunchtime bustle of the Arches theatre bar in Glasgow's city centre.
  • She brushed aside branches, following the chug of an unseen train that got louder and louder until finally, another whistle sounded into the air.
  • Cobalt blue water lies around every bend and at dawn you'll have the chug chug of the lobster fleet for an alarm clock.

Origin

Mid 19th century (as a noun): imitative.

Words that rhyme with chug

bug, Doug, drug, dug, fug, glug, hug, jug, lug, mug, plug, pug, rug, shrug, slug, smug, snug, thug, trug, tug
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chug 2

Pronunciation: /tʃʌɡ/
(also chugalug) North American informal

verb (chugs, chugging, chugged)

[with object]
Consume (a drink) in large gulps without pausing: she chugged a glass of cola
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  • Vinny brought the plastic cup of beer to his mouth and tipped his head back, gulping nervously, chugging the entire beverage in just a few slurps.
  • Unfortunately, I hate black jelly beans, and I thought it tasted nasty, so I wound up chugging my drinks, which is really not the point of absinthe.
  • It made recycling very easy to find, and if you wanted to just stand there and chug your drink, it was very easy to then recycle the bottle.

noun

A large gulp of a drink: Chris took a long chug of his beer
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  • The Earl took a hefty chug of brandy from his bottle.
  • He lifted the brown glass bottle and took a long, gulping chug.
  • Well, join me later on, and there will be chug by chug updates.

Origin

1950s: imitative.

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