chug

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: chŭg, IPA(key): /t͡ʃʌɡ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌɡ

Etymology 1[edit]

Onomatopoeic. The racial slur sense derives from stereotypes regarding alcoholism.

Noun[edit]

chug (plural chugs)

  1. A dull, fairly quick explosive or percussive sound, as if made by a labouring engine.
  2. A large gulp of drink.
    He drank his beer in three chugs.
  3. A homemade Cuban boat, built to carry emigrants to the USA, and often abandoned upon arrival.
  4. (derogatory, ethnic slur) A person of Native American descent.
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Verb[edit]

chug (third-person singular simple present chugs, present participle chugging, simple past and past participle chugged)

  1. (intransitive) To make dull explosive sounds.
  2. (intransitive) To move or travel whilst making such sounds.
    We were chugging along a back road when the engine cut out.
    • 2019 November 21, Samanth Subramanian, “How our home delivery habit reshaped the world”, in The Guardian[1]:
      For thousands of years, human progress was indexed to the ease and speed of our mobility: our capacity to walk on two legs, and then to ride on animals, sail on boats, chug across the land and fly through the air, all to procure for ourselves the food and materials we wanted.
  3. (transitive, slang) to drink a large amount (especially of beer) in a single action/without breathing; to chugalug. People usually chant this at the person who is drinking.
    Chug! Chug! Chug!
    I can't believe he chugged three beers.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Blend of chihuahua +‎ pug

Noun[edit]

chug (plural chugs)

  1. A dog that is a cross between a pug and a chihuahua.

Etymology 3[edit]

Blend of charity +‎ mug

Verb[edit]

chug (third-person singular simple present chugs, present participle chugging, simple past and past participle chugged)

  1. (transitive, UK slang, derogatory) To solicit charitable donations on the street, particularly in a persistent manner.
    I got chugged in the town centre today.

Breton[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Celtic *sūgos; compare Scottish Gaelic sùgh and Welsh sudd.

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Noun[edit]

chug m (plural chugoù)

  1. juice

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