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Etymology 1[edit]

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pug (plural pugs)

  1. Term of endearment (probably related to puck). [from the 16th c]
  2. A bargeman. [from the 16th c]
  3. A harlot; a prostitute. [circa 1600]
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  4. A small dog of an ancient breed originating in China, having a snub nose, wrinkled face, squarish body, short smooth hair, and curled tail. [from the 18th c]
  5. An upper servant in a great house. [from the 19th c]
  6. (obsolete, slang) A pugilist or boxer.
  7. (obsolete) An elf or hobgoblin.
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  8. (obsolete) chaff; the refuse of grain
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  9. Any geometrid moth of the genus Eupithecia.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Compare German pucken (to thump, beat).


pug (countable and uncountable, plural pugs)

  1. Any compressed clay-like material mixed and worked into a soft, plastic condition for making bricks, pottery or for paving. (Also pug soil)
  2. A pug mill.


pug (third-person singular simple present pugs, present participle pugging, simple past and past participle pugged)

  1. (transitive) To mix and stir when wet.
    to pug clay for bricks or pottery
  2. (transitive) To fill or stop with clay by tamping; to fill in or spread with mortar, as a floor or partition, for the purpose of deadening sound.

Etymology 3[edit]

From Hindi पग (pag, step, foot), related to Sanskrit पद्य (padya, foot) and Greek πόδι (pódi, foot).


pug (plural pugs)

  1. The footprint of an animal.





pug (plural pugs)

  1. slaughter, slaughtering
  2. butchery, butchering


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