chug

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Etymology 1[edit]

Onomatopoeic.

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.
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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 and pug

Noun[edit]

chug (plural chugs)

  1. A dog; a cross between a pug and a chihuahua.

Etymology 3[edit]

blend of charity and mug

Verb[edit]

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

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

Etymology 4[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun[edit]

chug (plural chugs)

  1. (derogatory, ethnic slur) A person of Native American descent.