Tug - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |tʌɡ|  American pronunciation of the word tug
Brit.  |tʌɡ|  British pronunciation of the word tug


- a sudden abrupt pull (syn: jerk)
- a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships (syn: tower, tugboat)


- pull hard
The prisoner tugged at the chains
This movie tugs at the heart strings
- strive and make an effort to reach a goal (syn: drive, labor, labour, push)
She tugged for years to make a decent living
- tow (a vessel) with a tug
The tugboat tugged the freighter into the harbor
- carry with difficulty (syn: lug, tote)
- move by pulling hard
The horse finally tugged the cart out of the mud
- pull or strain hard at
Each oar was tugged by several men
- struggle in opposition
She tugged and wrestled with her conflicts

Extra examples

I felt someone tugging on my sleeve.

She tugged the cord until the plug came out of the wall socket.

He felt a gentle tug on his sleeve.

...gave the man in front a tug on his shirtsleeve as a sign that he was supposed to step aside...

Each oar was tugged by five or six slaves.

Suddenly I felt someone tugging at my arm.

I had a great tug to persuade him.

I found it a very hard tug to keep up my credit.

The woman gently tugged his arm.

Joe was tugging at her sleeve.

Alice was tugging on a sweater.

She removed the bandage with a sharp tug.

Kate felt a tug of jealousy.

The prisoner tugged at the chains

This movie tugs at the heart strings

Word forms

I/you/we/they: tug
he/she/it: tugs
present participle: tugging
past tense: tugged
past participle: tugged
singular: tug
plural: tugs
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