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tug

 
 
pronunciation:
tuhg
parts of speech:
verb, noun
part of speech: verb
inflections: tugs, tugging, tugged
definition: to pull at in a strong way.
The child tugged her mother's skirt to get her attention.
synonyms:
pull
similar words:
jerk, pluck, twitch, wrench, wrest, yank
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a strong pull or pulling force.
The tug of the ocean current was too strong to go swimming safely.
synonyms:
haul, pull
similar words:
attraction, draw, hitch, jerk, pluck, strain, twitch, wrench, yank
definition 2: a tugboat.
A tug came to guide the big ship into port.
 
synonyms:
tugboat
derivation: tugger (n.)