Main definitions of pug in English

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pug1

(also pug dog)

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Pronunciation /pəɡ/

noun

  • A dog of a dwarf breed like a bulldog with a broad flat nose and deeply wrinkled face.

    • ‘As secretary of the Pugalug Club, a group almost 500 strong throughout Ontario devoted to the health and well being of the pug dog breed, I can't help but feel a need to respond to your article, ‘Good, bad and Pugly’.’
    • ‘The woman goes inside and comes back with a pug dog wheezing on the end of a red leash.’
    • ‘With such strong words, it's no wonder that the mascot on the group's website is a mischievous little pug dog who's ready to lay down the law.’
    • ‘The girls see an ugly little dog, you know the ugly little pug dog, right?’
    • ‘Elsewhere in the house a rather ugly pug dog, a Masonic symbol, is painted on a ceiling.’
    • ‘Now Charles has a potential doppelgänger on this side of the Atlantic: a cute, mischievous little pug dog named Pugly.’
    • ‘The pug's miniaturized ‘bulldog’ lineaments rendered it not just fashionable in the late eighteenth century but - at a period of war with France - patriotic.’
    • ‘While the children were delighted by the presence of the smaller breeds like pugs and miniature pinscher, the body language of the grown-ups revealed a liking towards bigger breeds like great Danes and German shepherds.’
    • ‘Raven had long, greasy mouse-brown hair and a nose like a pug.’
    • ‘How did wolves transform into today's greyhounds, pugs, and Yorkies?’
    • ‘Others claim the bulldog resulted from the crosses between mastiffs and Dutch pug dogs.’
    • ‘From the smallest pug breed to the tallest Great Dane weighing over 20 kg, there were about 35 breeds.’
    • ‘We should cherish these glimpses of her as it won't be long before she goes to ground again, squirrelling away in her Manhattan apartment or the Virginia bolt-hole she shares with two pugs and a Boston terrier.’
    • ‘We kept a pug and a little Pomeranian and a Maltese, and gave my parents a little poodle.’
    • ‘As much as they enjoy walking Jack Russells and pugs through a neighbourhood with a taste of history, they also realize that this flavour is a commodity which inflates the value of their condos.’
    • ‘Crossing a pug with a Pekingese, for example, could produce disastrous consequences.’
    • ‘This couple was waiting to board the plane with their dog, a pug, who they had slung on the woman's chest in a baby carrier.’
    • ‘Surely a pug is no match for the loyalty of a spaniel?’
    • ‘The pug was the Dutch national dog, and soon it became a national sensation in England.’
    • ‘Maybe my experience with bringing other dogs into the house with our first pug will help you.’

Origin

Mid 18th century perhaps of Low German origin.

Pronunciation

pug

/pəɡ/

Main definitions of pug in English

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pug2

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Pronunciation /pəɡ/

transitive verbpugs, pugging, pugged

[with object]
  • 1Prepare (clay) by working into a soft condition, typically in a machine with rotating blades.

    ‘clay that has been more consistently pugged will have a finer, denser body’
    • ‘He had erected ‘a more substantial building of logs, pugged with clay’.’
    • ‘If we mix a fresh batch of clay from dry materials, whether it is pugged or wedged right afterwards it is still short.’
    • ‘The stiffness of the pugged clay will, of course, depend entirely upon the subsequent method of manufacture.’
  • 2Pack (a space) with pug, sawdust, or other material in order to deaden sound or make something fireproof.

    ‘if the ducts have to take direct routes then they must be pugged with material similar in density to the partition’
    • ‘The heavy (2.5kN / [m.sup.2]) roof of lead sheet pugging, membrane and oak ceiling boards, is supported by a composite truss of white American oak rafters, stainless-steel tie-rods and intermediate circular posts.’

noun

  • Loam or clay mixed and worked into a soft, plastic condition without air pockets for making bricks or pottery.

    ‘The soil at Ilam is a heavy clay which is slightly acid, and is known as Ilam pug.’
    ‘On either side of this wall, ‘pug’ clay was being rammed.’

Origin

Early 19th century of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

pug

/pəɡ/

Main definitions of pug in English

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pug3

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Pronunciation /pəɡ/

noun

informal
  • A boxer.

    • ‘a come-from-nowhere pug gets a shot at the heavyweight title’
    • ‘The boxer has always included a diet of pugs and lower level fighters among his opponents.’
    • ‘Because no one outside the insular world of boxing can name one pug that he has under contract.’
    • ‘Boxing drills aren't just for pugs anymore - they'll jump-start your fitness for mountain biking, paddling, climbing, and more.’
    • ‘Holyfield's boxing licence was removed but old pugs never seem to learn, and he wants to fight again.’

Origin

Mid 19th century abbreviation of pugilist.

Pronunciation

pug

/pəɡ/

Main definitions of pug in English

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pug4

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Pronunciation /pəɡ/

noun

  • The footprint of an animal.

    as modifier ‘I saw the pug marks of the tigress in the soft earth’
    • ‘On spotting the pug marks of a tigress and three cubs, a cub walked into the booby trap laid by officials in the Nature Park opened opposite the zoo in September 2003.’
    • ‘I might have read a lot about the tiger, but may not be able to recognise its pug marks if I am left in a jungle.’
    • ‘I saw pug marks, droppings, I even heard them roar, but for four days I did not see a single lion.’

transitive verbpugs, pugging, pugged

[with object]
  • Track (an animal) by its footprints.

    ‘Grazing, pugging (hoof prints left in the mud) and wallowing by buffaloes previously prevented these plants from dominating or even establishing.’
    ‘Since riparian areas are often wetter than the surrounding fields, they are most susceptible to trampling, soil compaction, and pugging.’

Origin

Mid 19th century from Hindi pag ‘footprint’.

Pronunciation

pug

/pəɡ/