Definition of sugan in English:



  • 1A straw rope.

    • ‘There can still be seen in Glencolumbkille examples of vernacular architecture, notably in the surviving thatched cottages, with their particular feature of the rounded roof, the thatch being held down by a network of ropes (sugans) spaced over it and fastened to pins beneath the eaves and on the gables.’
    • ‘In this case the haystacks in the background were tied with sugans and a T.V.O. Ferguson tractor which was recognised as one of the first of its kind in the area, thus dating the photograph to the 1930's.’
    • ‘You'll often see the distinctive thatched-roof cottages typical of this area - with rounded roofs held down by ropes (called sugans) fastened beneath the eaves, to help the thatch resist the strong sea winds.’
    • ‘One end of the net was fastened on the shore, and stretched straight-out and fastened with a sugan or cable made out of hay, or straw, or gads.’
    • ‘I’d also never seen a sugan (a traditional rope made from straw) being made nor had I seen sheepdogs gather a flock of sheep as speedily as Matt’s dogs managed it.’
    1. 1.1A chair with a seat made from woven straw ropes.
      • ‘The seven-foot lintel stone and hearth in the kitchen were exposed, and the original table, cupboard, and sugan chairs are still in use.’
      • ‘An old kitchen range, sugan chairs, kitchen tables, the use of natural stone and wood combined give Doyle's a cosy country atmosphere.’
      • ‘We largely deal in country furniture offering a range of pine and oak furniture such as large chests and blanket boxes, pine dressers, original sugan chairs and chest of drawers.’
      • ‘He made beautiful arm chairs, just like cane chairs, they were called sugan chairs, and beautiful straw mats that would last a lifetime.’
      • ‘This pub dates back to 1887 and is an old world pub with big open fires, sugan chairs etc.’


Late 17th century: from Irish súgán.