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See also: Rung, rừng, and rụng



Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English [Term?], from Old English hrung, from Proto-Germanic *hrungō. Compare Gothic 𐌷𐍂𐌿𐌲𐌲𐌰 (hrugga, a staff).


rung (plural rungs)

Rungs of ladders and chair (PSF)
  1. A crosspiece forming a step of a ladder; a round.
  2. A crosspiece between legs of a chair.
  3. (figurative) A position in a hierarchy.
    the lowest rung of the society
  4. (nautical, dated) A floor timber in a ship.
  5. (dated) One of the stakes of a cart; a spar; a heavy staff.
  6. (engineering, dated) One of the radial handles projecting from the rim of a steering wheel.
  7. (engineering, dated) One of the pins or trundles of a lantern wheel.


Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.



  1. past participle of ring (only in senses related to a bell)
  2. (chiefly dialectal) simple past tense of ring
    • 1723, Charles Walker, Memoirs of Sally Salisbury, VI:
      With ecchoing Shouts the vaulted Chamber rung, / Belle Chuck was now the TOAST of ev'ry Tongue.
    • 1906, (Please provide the book title or journal name), page 229:
      Mr. Seibels, in his testimony, said I rung him up to see about labels. He is very much mistaken. I rung him up to see about bottles.
    • 1996, Peter Golenbock, Wrigleyville: A Magical History Tour of the Chicago Cubs, page 435:
      So they rung him up, and the next day he came to me and wanted to know where that pitch was.
    • 2008, Dean Kuipers, Burning Rainbow Farm: How a Stoner Utopia Went Up in Smoke, page 70:
      "I just rung him up, told him I was looking for an apartment and some work and got both of them the same day," Moe said.


rung (not comparable)

  1. Of a pig: having a ring through the nose.
    • 1842, American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine (volume 13, page 335)
      [] he passed by his gate with a decided scowl on his furrowed brow, and grunting and growling like a newly rung pig.
    • 1919, Popular Science (volume 95, number 4, page 31)
      A "rung" pig is comfortable as long as he confines his food hunt to the surface of the ground. Ringing a pig of ordinary size is easy, but special arrangements must be made for handling the big ones.

Usage notes[edit]

Rang and rung are incorrect for the past of ring in the sense of encircle, where ringed is used instead.

Rung as a simple past is usually considered incorrect.

Further reading[edit]





rung (, , , , 𢫝, 𢲣, 𢴋, 𢹈)

  1. to put in motion; to shake; to agitate; to ring (bell)

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