Meaning of drogue in English:


Pronunciation /drəʊɡ/

See synonyms for drogue on


  • 1A conical or funnel-shaped device with open ends, towed behind a boat, aircraft, or other moving object to reduce speed or improve stability.

    ‘‘When a storm hits, we'll put the drogue out, batten down and see it out,’ said Tim.’
    • ‘This led us to believe lighting had hit the HF-trailing-wire antenna and the drogue that drags the wire behind the aircraft was lost.’
    • ‘The winch would have to have some kind of rewind capability and a small drogue to ensure it couldn't recoil into the tug's propeller.’
    • ‘The Viking crew verified the trailing-wire antenna was in and the drogue seated.’
    • ‘I fly fast approaches 99% of the time but in Croatia I was amazed at how secure this wing executed slow RLF approaches with and without a drogue.’
    1. 1.1An object resembling a drogue, used as an aerial target for gunnery practice or as a windsock.
      • ‘Most of our aerial gunnery exercises consisted of firing at a drogue or target (a canvas cylinder approximately 12 feet long and 4 feet in diameter) which was towed about a hundred yards behind the single engined, high winged Lysander plane.’
    2. 1.2(in tanker aircraft) a funnel-shaped part on the end of the hose into which a probe is inserted by an aircraft being refuelled in flight.
      ‘The 767 aircraft can be modified to accommodate refuelling wingpods and a centreline hose for probe and drogue refuelling.’
      • ‘A shuttlecock drogue can be trailed behind the boom and used to refuel aircraft equipped with refuelling probes.’
      • ‘In the drill the second aircraft plugs its fuel connection pipe into the fuel drogue trailed by the lead aircraft.’
      • ‘The drogue itself is fitted with small lights around the perimeter to help night operations.’
      • ‘We disengaged the drogue and moved to the right side of our lead's aircraft.’
    3. 1.3A small parachute used as a brake or to pull out a larger parachute or other object from an aircraft in flight or a fast-moving vehicle.
      ‘To pull the drogue, I hook the ring with my thumb.’
      • ‘Until 4 July, few people checked the line between the drogue and the main parachute.’
      • ‘Then he loses the drogue and deploys a parafoil-type chute under which he glides the capsule all the way to the ground.’
      • ‘Drifting free like this is ok in a gentle breeze but if the wind is a little stronger, a drogue may be needed.’


Early 18th century (originally a whaling term denoting a piece of stout board attached to a harpoon line, used to slow down or mark the position of a harpooned whale): perhaps related to drag.