tug etymology

English word tug comes from Proto-Indo-European *dukn-, and later Old English (ca. 450-1100) togian (To tow.)

Detailed word origin of tug

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*dukn- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*teuhōną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
togian Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) To tow.
toggen Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
tug English (eng) (transitive) to pull hard repeatedly. (transitive) to pull or drag with great effort. (transitive) to tow by tugboat (mining) An iron hook of a hoisting tub, to which a tackle is affixed.. (nautical) a tugboat. (obsolete) A kind of vehicle used for conveying timber and heavy articles.. (slang) An act of masturbation. A trace, or drawing strap, of a harness.. A sudden powerful pull.

Words with the same origin as tug

Descendants of *dukn-
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