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Pronunciation: /pʌɡ
 
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noun

1 (also pug dog) A dog of a dwarf breed like a bulldog with a broad flat nose and deeply wrinkled face.
Example sentences
  • As secretary of the Pugalug Club, a group almost 500 strong throughout Ontario devoted to the health and well being of the pug dog breed, I can't help but feel a need to respond to your article, ‘Good, bad and Pugly’.
  • The woman goes inside and comes back with a pug dog wheezing on the end of a red leash.
  • With such strong words, it's no wonder that the mascot on the group's website is a mischievous little pug dog who's ready to lay down the law.
2A small, slender moth which rests with its wings stretched out to the sides.
  • Eupithecia and other genera, family Geometridae
Example sentences
  • The tiny lime-speck pug moth is common and widespread over much of Britain.
  • Green pug moth caterpillars have been found in Oxford County this month, showing that they have spread beyond their original coastal distribution.

Origin

mid 18th century: perhaps of Low German origin.

Derivatives

puggish

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • While the assorted Ministers scurried past the protestors - although the puggish treasurer offered a cheery wave at the crowd - the Premier snuck in a side entrance to maintain his decorum.
  • Well, our puggish pal is flying in to lend a hand to his colourful environmental activist friends for a wacky protest against a big secretive conference.
  • Even for an infantryman, the old soldier conjured a particularly ugly visage: a balding gnome-like pate, puggish nose, rheumy eyes - some said from too much drink - a perpetual frown, chinless face, the furrowed brow.

puggy

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • The puggy man started to give his version of what had happened: his daughter was violently against drugs, as she had to be, since her twin brother was a junkie; and this coloured boy had brought some into the house.
  • By the way, the unusual feature I alluded to is a mole on the tip of her nose, which makes her look really puggy in profile - you can sort of see it here.
  • He was well-built but slightly puggy around the middle; something that comes with age.

Words that rhyme with pug

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

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Pronunciation: /pʌɡ
 
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verb (pugs, pugging, pugged)

[with object]
1 (usually as adjective pugged) Work (clay) into a soft, plastic condition suitable for making bricks or pottery, without air pockets: bricks set in pugged clay
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  • He had erected ‘a more substantial building of logs, pugged with clay’.
  • If we mix a fresh batch of clay from dry materials, whether it is pugged or wedged right afterwards it is still short.
  • The stiffness of the pugged clay will, of course, depend entirely upon the subsequent method of manufacture.
2 (usually as noun pugging) Pack (a space) with pug, sawdust, or other material in order to deaden sound: old-fashioned pugging with dry sand cannot be carried out
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  • The heavy (2.5kN / [m.sup.2]) roof of lead sheet pugging, membrane and oak ceiling boards, is supported by a composite truss of white American oak rafters, stainless-steel tie-rods and intermediate circular posts.

noun

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Pugged clay.
Example sentences
  • The soil at Ilam is a heavy clay which is slightly acid, and is known as Ilam pug.
  • On either side of this wall, ‘pug’ clay was being rammed.

Origin

early 19th century: of unknown origin.

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noun

informal
A boxer: a come-from-nowhere pug gets a shot at the heavyweight title
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  • The boxer has always included a diet of pugs and lower level fighters among his opponents.
  • Because no one outside the insular world of boxing can name one pug that he has under contract.
  • Boxing drills aren't just for pugs anymore - they'll jump-start your fitness for mountain biking, paddling, climbing, and more.

Origin

mid 19th century: abbreviation of pugilist.

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noun

The footprint of an animal: [as modifier]: I saw the pug marks of the tigress in the soft earth
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  • On spotting the pug marks of a tigress and three cubs, a cub walked into the booby trap laid by officials in the Nature Park opened opposite the zoo in September 2003.
  • I might have read a lot about the tiger, but may not be able to recognise its pug marks if I am left in a jungle.
  • I saw pug marks, droppings, I even heard them roar, but for four days I did not see a single lion.

verb (pugs, pugging, pugged)

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Track (an animal) by its footprints.
Example sentences
  • Grazing, pugging (hoof prints left in the mud) and wallowing by buffaloes previously prevented these plants from dominating or even establishing.
  • Since riparian areas are often wetter than the surrounding fields, they are most susceptible to trampling, soil compaction, and pugging.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Hindi pag 'footprint'.

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