Definition of tug


  • a sudden abrupt pull. Synonyms: jerk.
  • a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships. Synonyms: towboat, 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; "She tugged for years to make a decent living", "We have to push a little to make the deadline!", "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis". Synonyms: drive, labor, labour, push.
  • tow (a vessel) with a tug; "The tugboat tugged the freighter into the harbor".
  • carry with difficulty; "You'll have to lug this suitcase". Synonyms: 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".

Related words

reach, strain, strive.

Words nearby tug

aug, bug, dug, fug, hug, jug, lug, mug, pug, rug, tag, teg, thug, tog, tub, tum, tun, tung, tup, tut, tux, utug.

Rhymes with tug

bug, chug, debug, drug, dug, hug, jug, lug, mug, plug, pug, rug, shrug, slug, smug, snug, thug, unplug.

Start with tug

tugs, tughrik, tugger, tugriks, tugboat, tugrik, tugged, tuggers, tugging, tugless, tughriks, tugboats.

More information about tug

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Scrabble and Words With Friends points

  • tug is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 4 points
  • tug is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 4 points
  • tug is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 6 points
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