Pug is a breed of dog.
Pug may also refer to:
The Pug is a breed of dog with a wrinkly, short-muzzled face and curled tail. The breed has a fine, glossy coat that comes in a variety of colours, most often fawn or black, and a compact square body with well-developed muscles.
Pugs were brought from China to Europe in the sixteenth century and were popularized in Western Europe by the House of Orange of the Netherlands, and the House of Stuart. In the United Kingdom in the nineteenth century Queen Victoria developed a passion for Pugs which she passed on to other members of the Royal family.
Pugs are known for being sociable and gentle companion dogs. The breed remains popular into the twenty-first century, with some famous celebrity owners. A Pug was judged Best in Show at the World Dog Show in 2004.
Pug (steam locomotive)
' 'Pug' locomotives' are small steam locomotives which were produced for light shunting and industrial work, often on dockyards and factory sites, such as steelworks, collieries, etc. The Pugs are named after a common term in Scotland for a small industrial shunting locomotive – typically an 0-4-0 tank. ‘Pug’ was a dialect word meaning ‘monkey’ inferring an ugly appearance. Another suggestion is that the locomotive type is named after the small sturdy 'Pug' dog, an ancient and well known breed with a snub nose, wrinkled face, and squarish body. Many were saddle tanks, with the water tank sitting on top of the boiler like a saddle.
Whilst most commonly used for small shunting engines, on some railways the term 'Pug' was used for all tank engines. For example, the very large Glasgow and South Western Railway 540 Class 4-6-4T express passenger locomotives were known to their enginemen as the 'Big Pugs'.
Pug is a nickname of:
- Walden L. Ainsworth (1886-1960), US Navy World War II vice admiral
- Pug Bennett (1874–1935), American Major League Baseball player
- Pug Cavet, (1889–1966), American Major League Baseball player
- Hastings Ismay, 1st Baron Ismay (1887-1965), British general and Winston Churchill's chief military adviser in the Second World War
- Pug Lund, (1913–1994), American football player, member of the College Football Hall of Fame
- Clarence "Pug" Manders (1913-1985), American National Football League running back
- Pug Rentner, (1910–1978), American National Football League halfback and quarterback
- Pug Southerland, (1911–1949), United States Navy flying ace
- Charles Upham (1908-1994), New Zealand captain twice awarded the Victoria Cross during the Second World War
- Pug Vaughan (1911-1964), American National Football League player
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Pug \Pug\, n. [Corrupted fr. puck. See Puck.]
An elf, or a hobgoblin; also same as Puck. [Obs.]
A name for a monkey. [Colloq.]
A name for a fox. [Prov. Eng.]
An intimate; a crony; a dear one. [Obs.]
pl. Chaff; the refuse of grain. [Obs.]
A prostitute. [Obs.]
(Zo["o]l.) One of a small breed of pet dogs having a short nose and head; a pug dog.
(Zo["o]l.) Any geometrid moth of the genus Eupithecia.
Puck \Puck\, n. [OE. pouke; cf. OSw. puke, Icel. p[=u]ki an evil demon, W. pwca a hobgoblin. Cf. Poker a bugbear, Pug.]
(Medi[ae]val Myth.) A celebrated fairy, ``the merry wanderer of the night;'' -- called also Robin Goodfellow, Friar Rush, Pug, etc.
He meeteth Puck, whom most men call Hobgoblin, and on him doth fall.
(Zo["o]l.) The goatsucker. [Prov. Eng.]
Pug \Pug\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pugged; p. pr. & vb. n. Pugging.] [Cf. G. pucken to thump. beat.]
To mix and stir when wet, as clay for bricks, pottery, etc.
To fill or stop with clay by tamping; to fill in or spread with mortar, as a floor or partition, for the purpose of deadening sound. See Pugging, 2.
Pug \Pug\, n.
Tempered clay; clay moistened and worked so as to be plastic.
A pug mill.
Pug mill, a kind of mill for grinding and mixing clay, either for brickmaking or the fine arts; a clay mill. It consists essentially of an upright shaft armed with projecting knives, which is caused to revolve in a hollow cylinder, tub, or vat, in which the clay is placed.
Pug \Pug\, n. [Hind. pag foot.] A footprint; a track; as of a boar. [India]
Etymology 1 n. 1 Term of endearment (probably related to puck). (from the 16th c) 2 A bargeman. (from the 16th c) 3 A harlot; a prostitute. (circa 1600) 4 A small dog of an ancient breed originating in China, having a snub nose, wrinkled face, squarish body, short smooth hair, and curled tail. (from the 18th c) 5 An upper servant in a great house. (from the 19th c) 6 (context obsolete slang English) A pugilist or boxer. 7 (context obsolete English) An elf or hobgoblin. 8 (context obsolete English) chaff; the refuse of grain 9 Any geometrid moth of the genus (taxlink Eupithecia genus noshow=1). Etymology 2
n. 1 Any compressed clay-like material mixed and worked into a soft, plastic condition for making bricks, pottery or for paving. (Also ''pug soil'') 2 A pug mill. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To mix and stir when wet. 2 (context transitive English) To fill or stop with clay by tamping; to fill in or spread with mortar, as a floor or partition, for the purpose of deadening sound. Etymology 3
n. The footprint of an animal.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1560s, general term of endearment (also puggy), probably related to puck (n.2); one of the earliest senses is "sprite, imp" (1610s). The sense of "miniature dog" is from 1749 (pug-dog); that of "monkey" is 1660s. The word at various times meant "a bargeman" (1590s), "a harlot" (c.1600), and "an upper servant in a great house" (1847).
Usage examples of "pug".
The spiky handwriting on the airmail envelope from London was obviously hers, and Pug tore it open with more eagerness than he wanted to feel.
Pug explained, adding, Kulgan has sent him over the mountains to Bordon, with some of the Dukes guards, before the North Pass is snowed in.
Pug was still young enough to think the whole thing silly, but old enough to be fascinated by it.
Pug was fascinated by the Elf Prince and was flattered so many things he said seemed to be of interest to Calin.
I looked, and there, peering out of a hole in the trunk of the banyan about five feet from the ground, I saw a pale face and a pair of large mustachios, one clipped short and the other as lamentably out of curl as the tail of a newly whipped pug.
Naya Gaon crosses the road diagonally, and on this track we saw the fresh pug marks of a big male leopard.
With a wise grin, Pug leaned back against a stack of tires, while Goofer returned to talk with Kremp.
Swinging in pursuit, The Shadow reached the rear alcove before either Goofer or Pug had recovered from his stupefaction.
Forgetting the Lone Tiger, he was just about in time to meet Pug Lorby and Goofer Shayne as the two drove in upon him.
His tone was only slightly mocking, and Pug was too numb to do more than stand and stare at the younger son of the Duke.
Pug and Tomas watched in awe, for they rode the most perfect white horses the boys had ever seen, using no saddle or bridle.
He spurred his horse forward and rode over the fallen figure Pug sat rooted for a moment, then spurred his own horse.
Carton left, and Hopkins faced Pug on a wine-colored couch seedily worn at the arms.
Minerva asked, trying to keep her pug dog from sniffing at my pug dog, who was growling menacingly.
But they have crossed paths before and Varen opposes everything Pug and the Conclave stand for.