Main definitions of chug in English

: chug1chug2

chug1

verb

  • 1no object , with adverbial of direction (of a vehicle or boat) move slowly with engine making regular muffled explosive sounds.

    ‘a cabin cruiser was chugging down the river’
    • ‘Manda noticed the front door was opened, and she heard a faint sound of a motorboat, chugging through the water.’
    • ‘From the island, a boat chugs out to meet the plane.’
    • ‘As the train slowly chugged out of the station, her eyes filled with tears.’
    • ‘The train was still chugging through the same landscape.’
    • ‘The train derails and chugs right off the side of the mountain, over the rusty iron rails and teetering wooden supports.’
    • ‘I also don't mind hearing the tugs chugging up the Hudson.’
    • ‘Two battered motor vehicles chugged down one side of the street, throwing out huge clouds of dirty black smoke.’
    • ‘The bus chugged on through Manor Park and Forest Gate, slowly filling up with Saturday morning shoppers.’
    • ‘A moment later, the familiar striped vehicle came chugging down the street.’
    • ‘Alan, our dive leader, had given us a brief history lesson as our boat chugged out of harbour.’
    • ‘Sure enough, a train was chugging slowly towards them, belching steam up into the air.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although boats chugged up and down the water on a regular basis (the river was a designated highway), road access was limited.’
    • ‘A TRAIN chugs out of the railway station.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His big, black Chevy Tahoe 1500 chugs up a hill toward Ross-Ade Stadium.’
    • ‘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 engine chugged down the twisted road and Alex was thrown around like a doll.’
    • ‘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.’
    move laboriously, strain, struggle, drag oneself, fight one's way, labour
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    1. 1.1 Emit a series of regular muffled explosive sounds, as of an engine running slowly.
      ‘he could hear the pipes chugging’
      • ‘We hear the chugging, as it comes closer to the station.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We asked you if you knew about other old desktops still chugging away somewhere.’
      • ‘I could hear the bus before I saw it, its unhealthy chugging sound coming closer and closer.’
      • ‘Finally one day, he heard the chugging of a distant motor boat.’
      • ‘Up ahead, Larry pointed to a backhoe chugging away, and I slowed.’
      • ‘You can actually hear his brain make chugging noises when he thinks.’
      • ‘Applied science is fascinating: it whirs and chugs around us constantly, invisibly.’
      • ‘I could hear machinery of some kind chugging away inside.’
      • ‘Still, McGuire will have to rely on some acquisitions to keep the engine chugging.’
      • ‘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.’

noun

  • A muffled explosive sound or a series of such sounds.

    ‘the chug of a motorboat’
    • ‘The intermittent chug of a passing taxicab momentarily scathed Lincoln's vision, but undeterred she preached on to a deaf society.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But if you like the leisurely chug of the old ferries, they still exist, and cost half as much as their speedier cousins.’
    • ‘She brushed aside branches, following the chug of an unseen train that got louder and louder until finally, another whistle sounded into the air.’
    • ‘Our maintenance crew drove over the ‘hill’ from San Diego and determined the chugs had resulted from a loose engine-intake housing.’
    • ‘We would have aborted at a relatively low speed, long before the chug notified us of our engine trouble.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Only the chug of the engine breaks the silence until we find open water.’
    • ‘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

/CHəɡ//tʃəɡ/

Main definitions of chug in English

: chug1chug2

chug2

(also chug-a-lug, chugalug)

verb

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

    ‘Avery chugged a cup of coffee’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whenever the ball lands in a player's cup, he has to chug a beer.’
    • ‘But in other parts of the world, consumers with small iceboxes chug their milk from a rectangular drink box kept in the pantry.’
    • ‘‘I might get another agent next year,’ he muses, chugging coffee in a nearby cafe.’
    • ‘He didn't hear me, he was too busy chugging from his bottle of beer and groping the girl nearest him.’
    • ‘The average American chugs 400 glasses of milk a year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bringing the bottle to his mouth he began to chug the alcohol, looking for a way to remove the pain and guilt he felt.’
    • ‘I really should stop chugging coffee and then use every idea that pops into my head.’
    • ‘People laughed and chugged their ale and wine, while playing darts and talking.’
    • ‘With that, I chugged my first beer, gagging on the taste.’
    • ‘Jenny chugged the drink, pulled a face, and then set the mug down.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Neither of them ever taught me to shave, shoot or chug a beer.’
    • ‘As soon as they went outside Emma got all excited and chugged a drink that was in her pocket.’
    • ‘I was rather thirsty and I hadn't had much to eat all day so I chugged the carbonated beverage down in a hurry.’
    • ‘Bray chugs his beers and brags of the large amounts of meat he can eat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm more than happy to inhale a bag of chips, chug beer, and crunch the empty can between my palm and my forehead.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘Marcus took a large chug of juice right out of its carton.’
    • ‘Daryl took a long chug of his beer and remained silent.’
    • ‘A splash of water, a chug of caffeine, and off we went.’
    • ‘Well, join me later on, and there will be chug by chug updates.’
    • ‘"Shut up," she muttered before taking a quick chug of the soda.’
    • ‘The Earl took a hefty chug of brandy from his bottle.’
    • ‘He lifted the brown glass bottle and took a long, gulping chug.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everybody cheers and takes another chug of their beer.’
    • ‘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.’
    mouthful, swallow, draught
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Origin

1950s: imitative.

Pronunciation

chug

/CHəɡ//tʃəɡ/