chug
I. noun Etymology: imitative Date: 1866 a dull explosive sound made by or as if by a laboring engine II. intransitive verb (chugged; chugging) Date: 1848 to move or go with or as if with chugs <
a locomotive chugging along
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wearily chug through the routine
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chugger noun III. transitive verb (chugged; chugging) Date: 1958 chugalug

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • chug — [tʃʌg] v past tense and past participle chugged present participle chugging [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: From the sound] 1.) [I always + adverb/preposition] if a car, train etc chugs somewhere, it moves there slowly, with the engine making a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • chug — [ tʃʌg ] verb 1. ) intransitive to make a series of low sounds or to move slowly making these sounds: The engine chugged and coughed, and finally died. chug up/down/along etc.: a little old car chugging down the lane 2. ) chug or chug a lug… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • chug — chug·ger; chug·hole; chug; chug·a·lug; …   English syllables

  • chug — ☆ chug [chug ] n. [echoic] any of a series of abrupt, puffing or explosive sounds, as of a steam powered locomotive vi. chugged, chugging to make, or move with, such sounds vt. Slang CHUG A LUG …   English World dictionary

  • chug — (n.) 1866, echoic of a working steam engine. As a verb, from 1896. Related: Chugged; chugging. Drinking sense attested by 1940s (chug a lug), probably imitative of the sound of swallowing …   Etymology dictionary

  • chug — [v] drink quickly chug a lug, down, drink in one draft; concept 169 …   New thesaurus

  • chug — ► VERB (chugged, chugging) ▪ move with or give out a series of muffled explosive sounds, as of an engine running slowly. ► NOUN ▪ a sound of this type. ORIGIN imitative …   English terms dictionary

  • chug — chug1 chugger, n. /chug/, n., v., chugged, chugging. n. 1. a short, dull, explosive sound: the steady chug of an engine. v.i. 2. to make this sound: The motor chugged. 3. to move while making this sound: The train chugged along. [1865 70, Amer.;… …   Universalium

  • chug — UK [tʃʌɡ] / US verb Word forms chug : present tense I/you/we/they chug he/she/it chugs present participle chugging past tense chugged past participle chugged 1) [intransitive] to make a series of low sounds or to move slowly making these sounds… …   English dictionary

  • chug — I [[t]tʃʌg[/t]] n. v. chugged, chug•ging 1) a short, dull, explosive sound: the chug of an engine[/ex] 2) to make this sound 3) to move while making this sound • Etymology: 1865–70, amer.; imit. II chug [[t]tʃʌg[/t]] v. t. v. i. chugged,… …   From formal English to slang

  • chug — verb ADVERB ▪ slowly, steadily ▪ The train chugged steadily along the West Highland Line. PREPOSITION ▪ along, down, in, out …   Collocations dictionary

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