Definition of rug in English:



  • 1A floor covering of thick woven material or animal skin, typically not extending over the entire floor.

    • ‘A large, Indian rug covered the floor and there were portable lights in the corners as well.’
    • ‘Sure it had it's elegant aspects, like polished oak tables and cabinets, and fine material for the rugs and curtains, but the room was dull, and boring.’
    • ‘Most homes made before 1970 had hardwood floors and even though your house now has carpet there may be a beautiful hardwood floor hiding under your rug!’
    • ‘Woven rugs covered the hardwood floor, the many rooms visible on their course quite large and possessing great amounts of valuables.’
    • ‘Decorations covered the walls and rugs overlaid the floor.’
    • ‘On the ground was a rug that covered the entire floor.’
    • ‘A photo also showed that woven rugs, won after two hours of bargaining in a Moroccan souk, would perfectly fit the couple's rooms.’
    • ‘Though it had tried, the company had not succeeded in establishing its rugs as year-round floor coverings.’
    • ‘This mood is furthered by the wooden hope chest, the old-fashioned furniture, and the floral print rug on the floor.’
    • ‘The rug on the floor was dim and brown, so worn that it crunched underfoot.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the oversized treatment rooms have natural hardwood floors, matting rugs, walls and window coverings and Asian art.’
    • ‘The hallways were lined here and there with mirrors, and the creaky wooden floors had an old rug with archaic symbols winding with it, down the halls.’
    • ‘The room was very well furnished, with expensive paintings on the walls and rugs on the floors.’
    • ‘Several large chandeliers hung down from the ceiling and traveled down the hall over a long, old hall rug that ran the entire length of the foyer.’
    • ‘The entire floor was covered by a huge rug woven in complex geometric patterns and curtains partitioned off other areas of the chambers.’
    • ‘The floor was devoid of rugs, and all that adorned the walls were several large maps.’
    • ‘There were other doors, bulky and overstuffed-looking pieces of furniture, woven rugs on the floor and paintings on the walls.’
    • ‘A giant mauve rug that covered the entire floor cushioned her feet.’
    • ‘Stripped wood is still very much the in-thing for floors, along with natural seagrass or coir rugs and floor coverings.’
    • ‘Woven rugs often cover the floors of Uzbek houses.’
    mat, carpet
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    1. 1.1British A thick woolen coverlet or wrap, used especially when traveling.
      • ‘In total the club, which includes about six other members, have crocheted about 56 blankets ranging from knee rugs to baby blankets.’
      • ‘But stoics take rugs, umbrellas, thick coats and bracing amounts of booze.’
      • ‘On a fine night the gardens are magical, dotted with folding chairs, tartan rugs and carefully chosen food that won't cause unwanted sound later.’
      • ‘Drafted in 1963, it presently remains in law that gramophones, travelling rugs, and typewriters are our most at-risk goods.’
      • ‘When he was lowered to the ground, his box was tipped on its side to enable an emotional Blaine to stagger out wrapped in a rug.’
      • ‘During the summer months, the light lasts well into the evening while passengers sit on deck, wrapped in rugs, marvelling at the beauty of the glaciers.’
      blanket, coverlet, throw, wrap
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    2. 1.2North American informal A toupee or wig.
      • ‘The bad rug worn by Douglas is worth a good laugh.’
      • ‘One in 10 is tempted to conceal her wayward tresses under a rug when it becomes frizzy, dry, dull or takes on a life of its own.’
      • ‘I was actually disappointed that his tresses were not the result of a bad rug.’
      • ‘I hereby sentence the actors to get a haircut so they won't need to wear the bad rugs.’
      • ‘A man wearing a blue sports coat and a rug on his head moved up to the standing mike.’
      • ‘Don't they realize every person knows immediately they have implants, same way you can always tell a guy who's wearing a rug?’
      toupee, wig, hairpiece
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  • pull the rug (out) from under

    • Abruptly withdraw support from (someone)

      ‘the rug was pulled right out from beneath our feet’
      • ‘The fear that others may pull the rug from under us, leaving us helpless, is rooted in the idea that we are so profoundly vulnerable that we dare not put our energy security at risk by engaging with other countries.’
      • ‘But two late goals in as many minutes, the first from a harshly awarded penalty, pulled the rug from under them.’
      • ‘But yesterday he effectively pulled the rug from under them by introducing 19 per cent corporation tax levy on those profits.’
      • ‘This really pulls the rug out from under the right's tax-cut argument as well.’
      • ‘In both countries, it was the external patron whom the local regimes had relied on for protection that pulled the rug from under them.’
      • ‘It's a play about a woman who thinks she has all these skills and all this enormous power and talent, and confronts something that pulls the rug out from under her.’
      • ‘Just as the wily CIA chief constantly springs surprises on his willing student, so the film keeps pulling the rug from under the viewer.’
      • ‘This pulled the rug from under Noonan's plans to occupy the high moral ground.’
      • ‘More importantly, though, Russell's narrative pulls the rug from under us, changing our perceptions of all three characters.’
      • ‘You lull the audience into a false sense of security, make them sympathise with the character, then pull the rug from under them.’


Mid 16th century (denoting a type of coarse woolen cloth): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Norwegian dialect rugga coverlet Swedish rugg ruffled hair; related to rag. The sense small carpet dates from the early 19th century.