Main definitions of chug in English

: chug1chug2

chug1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 (of a vehicle or boat) move slowly making regular muffled explosive sounds, as of an engine running slowly.

    ‘a cabin cruiser was chugging down the river’
    • ‘Although boats chugged up and down the water on a regular basis (the river was a designated highway), road access was limited.’
    • ‘Two battered motor vehicles chugged down one side of the street, throwing out huge clouds of dirty black smoke.’
    • ‘From the island, a boat chugs out to meet the plane.’
    • ‘But all too soon the boat had chugged slowly past St Mark's Square, into the Grand Canal and up to the small landing stage a short amble from our hotel.’
    • ‘A moment later, the familiar striped vehicle came chugging down the street.’
    • ‘As the train slowly chugged out of the station, her eyes filled with tears.’
    • ‘Manda noticed the front door was opened, and she heard a faint sound of a motorboat, chugging through the water.’
    • ‘Ivy made a gulping sound as the car chugged forward.’
    • ‘Accompanied by a great deal of hooting, it jars into life and chugs uphill at a speed just a little faster than walking pace.’
    • ‘The lift itself was fine; I could hear it chugging up and down the shaft, and the door on the inside was certainly sliding open with the familiar crunch, but there was no way I could actually get in.’
    • ‘There is something about these sort of journeys, with the old carriages chugging along, that makes arriving at picturesque villages all the more enjoyable.’
    • ‘The train derails and chugs right off the side of the mountain, over the rusty iron rails and teetering wooden supports.’
    • ‘Alan, our dive leader, had given us a brief history lesson as our boat chugged out of harbour.’
    • ‘The engine chugged down the twisted road and Alex was thrown around like a doll.’
    • ‘A TRAIN chugs out of the railway station.’
    • ‘I also don't mind hearing the tugs chugging up the Hudson.’
    • ‘The train was still chugging through the same landscape.’
    • ‘Sure enough, a train was chugging slowly towards them, belching steam up into the air.’
    • ‘His big, black Chevy Tahoe 1500 chugs up a hill toward Ross-Ade Stadium.’
    • ‘The bus chugged on through Manor Park and Forest Gate, slowly filling up with Saturday morning shoppers.’
    move laboriously, strain, struggle, drag oneself, fight one's way, labour
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    1. 1.1[no object]Make a series of muffled explosive sounds.
      ‘he could hear the pipes chugging’
      • ‘I could hear machinery of some kind chugging away inside.’
      • ‘We asked you if you knew about other old desktops still chugging away somewhere.’
      • ‘Applied science is fascinating: it whirs and chugs around us constantly, invisibly.’
      • ‘Finally one day, he heard the chugging of a distant motor boat.’
      • ‘It was only when I had the thing laid out on the table and was ringing it from my land line that I discovered The Vibrator, a device which makes the thing chug like an old car on a cold morning.’
      • ‘Still, McGuire will have to rely on some acquisitions to keep the engine chugging.’
      • ‘Up ahead, Larry pointed to a backhoe chugging away, and I slowed.’
      • ‘We hear the chugging, as it comes closer to the station.’
      • ‘A few voices rose and fell in the hallways; a telephone rang; the elevator chugged slowly.’
      • ‘The engine chugged away as the Buick came to a standstill in the muddy drive.’
      • ‘I could hear the bus before I saw it, its unhealthy chugging sound coming closer and closer.’
      • ‘You can actually hear his brain make chugging noises when he thinks.’

noun

  • A muffled explosive sound or sounds.

    ‘the chug of a motor boat’
    • ‘With no cars allowed within the walls of this ancient settlement, both hotels make for ideal retreats, with only the sound of the sea to lull you asleep and the chug of fishing boats to wake you each morning.’
    • ‘We would have aborted at a relatively low speed, long before the chug notified us of our engine trouble.’
    • ‘AS THE chug of a train rumbles overhead, Andy Arnold takes a seat amid the lunchtime bustle of the Arches theatre bar in Glasgow's city centre.’
    • ‘Only the chug of the engine breaks the silence until we find open water.’
    • ‘Our maintenance crew drove over the ‘hill’ from San Diego and determined the chugs had resulted from a loose engine-intake housing.’
    • ‘But if you like the leisurely chug of the old ferries, they still exist, and cost half as much as their speedier cousins.’
    • ‘The intermittent chug of a passing taxicab momentarily scathed Lincoln's vision, but undeterred she preached on to a deaf society.’
    • ‘She brushed aside branches, following the chug of an unseen train that got louder and louder until finally, another whistle sounded into the air.’
    • ‘We slowly trolled round a series of sunken Islands and under water ridges, only the constant chug of the outboard could be heard as evening slowly approached.’
    • ‘Cobalt blue water lies around every bend and at dawn you'll have the chug chug of the lobster fleet for an alarm clock.’

Origin

Mid 19th century (as a noun): imitative.

Pronunciation:

chug

/tʃʌɡ/

Main definitions of chug in English

: chug1chug2

chug2

(also chugalug)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]North american
informal
  • Consume (a drink) in large gulps without pausing.

    ‘she chugged a glass of cola’
    • ‘Neither of them ever taught me to shave, shoot or chug a beer.’
    • ‘Jenny chugged the drink, pulled a face, and then set the mug down.’
    • ‘Glasses clinked, husky men arm-wrestled in the back, and a group of burly women chugged their beer and laughed at us as we entered.’
    • ‘But in other parts of the world, consumers with small iceboxes chug their milk from a rectangular drink box kept in the pantry.’
    • ‘I'm more than happy to inhale a bag of chips, chug beer, and crunch the empty can between my palm and my forehead.’
    • ‘The average American chugs 400 glasses of milk a year.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, I hate black jelly beans, and I thought it tasted nasty, so I wound up chugging my drinks, which is really not the point of absinthe.’
    • ‘It made recycling very easy to find, and if you wanted to just stand there and chug your drink, it was very easy to then recycle the bottle.’
    • ‘Vinny brought the plastic cup of beer to his mouth and tipped his head back, gulping nervously, chugging the entire beverage in just a few slurps.’
    • ‘Whether you like to chug beer at parties or prefer a glass of wine with dinner makes a big difference when it comes to your health, three recent studies confirm.’
    • ‘Bringing the bottle to his mouth he began to chug the alcohol, looking for a way to remove the pain and guilt he felt.’
    • ‘With that, I chugged my first beer, gagging on the taste.’
    • ‘People laughed and chugged their ale and wine, while playing darts and talking.’
    • ‘I really should stop chugging coffee and then use every idea that pops into my head.’
    • ‘‘I might get another agent next year,’ he muses, chugging coffee in a nearby cafe.’
    • ‘As soon as they went outside Emma got all excited and chugged a drink that was in her pocket.’
    • ‘Bray chugs his beers and brags of the large amounts of meat he can eat.’
    • ‘He didn't hear me, he was too busy chugging from his bottle of beer and groping the girl nearest him.’
    • ‘I moved two steps to my left and into the designated drinking zone, chugged the beer and was about to toss the water bottle into a large black plastic rubbish sack, when the guard's companion urged me to reconsider.’
    • ‘Whenever the ball lands in a player's cup, he has to chug a beer.’
    • ‘I was rather thirsty and I hadn't had much to eat all day so I chugged the carbonated beverage down in a hurry.’
    swallow, quaff, swill down, down
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noun

North american
informal
  • A large gulp of a drink.

    ‘Chris took a long chug of his beer’
    • ‘A splash of water, a chug of caffeine, and off we went.’
    • ‘Double chugs are required for all other distracting cameos thereafter, and for whenever Knightley drags her drinking glass across her lips to signify how troubled her character is.’
    • ‘Chasing girls, a bit of skylarking, the obligatory chugalug at the bar.’
    • ‘Marcus took a large chug of juice right out of its carton.’
    • ‘Well, join me later on, and there will be chug by chug updates.’
    • ‘Everybody cheers and takes another chug of their beer.’
    • ‘"Shut up," she muttered before taking a quick chug of the soda.’
    • ‘The Earl took a hefty chug of brandy from his bottle.’
    • ‘Catherine picked up the glass of mead and finished it in one chug.’
    • ‘Much better options would be a piece of fruit and a big chug of water.’
    • ‘He lifted the brown glass bottle and took a long, gulping chug.’
    • ‘Daryl took a long chug of his beer and remained silent.’

Origin

1950s: imitative.

Pronunciation:

chug

/tʃʌɡ/