Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Rug \Rug\, n. [Cf. Sw. rugg entanglend hair, ruggig rugged, shaggy, probably akin to E. rough. See Rough, a.]
A kind of coarse, heavy frieze, formerly used for garments.
They spin the choicest rug in Ireland. A friend of mine . . . repaired to Paris Garden clad in one of these Waterford rugs. The mastiffs, . . . deeming he had been a bear, would fain have baited him.
A piece of thick, nappy fabric, commonly made of wool, -- used for various purposes, as for covering and ornamenting part of a bare floor, for hanging in a doorway as a poti[`e]re, for protecting a portion of carpet, for a wrap to protect the legs from cold, etc.
A rough, woolly, or shaggy dog.
Rug gown, a gown made of rug, of or coarse, shaggy cloth.
Rug \Rug\, v. t.
To pull roughly or hastily; to plunder; to spoil; to tear.
--Sir W. Scott.
Rug or RUG may refer to:
- Carpet or rug, a textile floor covering
- Rug (animal covering), a covering or garment to protect domesticated animals
- Really Useful Group, a company set up by Andrew Lloyd Webber
- Ghent University (Rijksunversiteit Gent)
- University of Groningen, (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
- Rugby railway station (National Rail code)
Rug (animal covering)
A rug (UK), blanket (Equine and other livestock, US), or coat (canine and other companion animals, US) is a covering or garment made by humans to protect their pets from the elements, as in a horse rug or dog coat.
Rugs are also used to protect the pelage of show animals, particularly if the wool or fleece is to be judged, as in alpaca fleece sent to an agricultural show, where it would be desirable to have the wool free from dirt and debris. Small dogs and dogs with thin pelage often need protection from extreme weather.
n. 1 A partial covering for a floor. 2 (context UK Australia English) A (usually thick) piece of fabric used for warmth (especially on a bed); a blanket. 3 A kind of coarse, heavy frieze, formerly used for clothing. 4 A rough, woolly, or shaggy dog. 5 (context slang English) A wig; a hairpiece. vb. (context Scotland English) To pull roughly or hastily; to plunder; to spoil; to tear.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1550s, "coarse fabric," of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian dialectal rugga "coarse coverlet," from Old Norse rogg "shaggy tuft," from Proto-Germanic *rawwa-, perhaps related to rag (n.) and rough (adj.). Sense evolved to "coverlet, wrap" (1590s), then "mat for the floor" (1808). Meaning "toupee" is theater slang from 1940. Cut a rug "dance" is slang first attested 1942. To sweep (something) under the rug in the figurative sense is from 1954.
Usage examples of "rug".
Jessy agreed absently while her gaze took in the broad expanse of plains before them, rugged and rolling into forever.
Likeliest would be an airmobile assault by helicopter coming out of the southeast, mountain-hopping across the rugged, forested border with Greece.
The darkest corner was the bedroom, which had a platform of stone on which rugs were spread, and there was a lower mound of dried mud, roughly curtained off from the rest with two or three red and blue foutahs suspended on ropes made of twisted alfa, or dried grass.
I can reply is even the most rugged, xenophile, radiation-resistant cryophilic anaerobes we can imagine are going to have a hard time maintaining more than a toehold on current-day Mars, spending most of their time in a non-metabolic, frozen state, waiting for the times when conditions are right and water can be briefly liquid on the surface.
On the flat roof of his house, the Mahdi sat cross-legged on a low angareb, a couch covered with a silk prayer rug and strewn with cushions.
Two attempts were ineffectually made to gain soundings, and the extreme density of the fog precluded us from any other means of ascertaining the direction in which we were driving until half past twelve, when we had the alarming view of a barren rugged shore within a few yards, towering over the mast heads.
You are just behaving like any man who has had the rug yanked out from under his feet.
Enter Magee Mor Matthew, a rugged rough rugheaded kern, in strossers with a buttoned codpiece, his nether stocks bemired with clauber of ten forests, a wand of wilding in his hand.
He praised the Chevalier twins, claiming their galerie had the best tapestries and antique rugs in all of Paris-which to him meant in all the world-and raved about Jacques Perrin, an aggressive dealer who was one of the first foreigners to exhibit at BLIrlington House-the London show that alternated years with the Biennale and admitted more foreign dealers than Grosvenor House.
Lolling sideways in his saddle, for several minutes he scanned the yellow-brown ramparts of the Amarillos rising rugged and ragged against the blue sky twenty miles to eastward.
We had heavy furs to keep us safe from the cold, and a thick woven rug to throw over Bor, as well as a sack of oats to feed him with, and dried meat and bread and beer for us.
Maar zodra de sterke voeten zich om zijn enkels kromden, de buik tegen zijn rug werd gedrukt en het verkennen begon, verstijfde hij door paniek en bodemloze afschuw.
Naar het scheen, had hij zich reeds in de eerste uren van zijn leven alle begaafdheden van zijn geslacht eigen gemaakt, zwom op den buik zoowel als op den rug, dook zonder moeite en langen tijd achtereen, gedroeg zich in een woord als een volwassene.
There, no doubt, they tread on rugs from Teheran and are diverted by the bulbul and play upon the dulcimer and feed upon sweetmeats.
A felt of rug, and a thin threaden cloke, That scarce would cover your no buttocks -- SUB.