Pronunciation Noun

rug (plural rugs)

  1. A partial covering for a floor. [1624]
  2. (UK, Australia) A (usually thick) piece of fabric used for warmth (especially on a bed); a blanket. [1591]
    • 1855, William Howitt, A Boy′s Adventures in the Wilds of Australia: or, Herbert′s Note-Book, [|%22rugs%22+bed+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=JXLE6I76zK&sig=Tw6Sl9pPnMYCiXsJX6w5tB6cFOI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=QU0VUOWaH4qyiQfb2oHICg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22rug%22|%22rugs%22%20bed%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 254],
      They then cut down a quantity of gum-tree leaves for a bed, and threw their rugs upon them ready for bed-time.
    • 1906 July 27, Government Gazette of Western Australia, [|%22rugs%22+bed+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22rug%22|%22rugs%22+bed+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=cRlRf0fCLu&sig=P_ckdO4zWNLqPng3SQfJG-Yzh8U&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OlAVUOGFHYySiQfC84DgDQ&redir_esc=y page 2297],
      Furnish every sleeping apartment with a sufficient number of toilet utensils and bedsteads, and sufficient bedding so that each bed shall be provided with a mattress, two sheets, a rug, and, in winter time, not less than one additional rug.
    • 1950 April, Dental Journal of Australia, Volume 22, [|%22rugs%22+bed+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22rug%22|%22rugs%22+bed+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=BFyGakNY5h&sig=Tseu6Y0uXAdGbq9ILUyTOepDnC0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=n0UVUPyRBoWuiQfZ4oHIBg&redir_esc=y page 181],
      My own son had a bunny rug of which he was very fond and on being put to bed he would always demand his “bunny rug to suck his finger with.″
    • 1958, Arthur Hailey, John Castle. Runway Zero-Eight. Bantham Books
      She tucked in a rug round the woman. “How’s that?” The woman nodded gratefully.
    • 1997, Alan Sharpe, Vivien Encel, Murder!: 25 True Australian Crimes, [|%22rugs%22+bed+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=JfRLjCFLEc&sig=uPnvXCrG3Fwj7ADO_tNKnjvqSII&hl=en&sa=X&ei=n0UVUPyRBoWuiQfZ4oHIBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22rug%22|%22rugs%22%20bed%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 22],
      He brought with him a rug and a sheet, and lay down by the fire.
  3. (historical, now, rare) A kind of coarse, heavy frieze, formerly used for clothing. [1547]
    • They spin the choicest rug in Ireland. A friend of mine […] repaired to Paris Garden clad in one of these Waterford rugs.
  4. (historical, now, rare) A cloak or mantle made of such a frieze. [1577]
  5. (obsolete, rare) A person wearing a rug. [1627]
  6. A cloth covering for a horse. [1790]
  7. (obsolete, rare) A dense layer of natural vegetation that precludes the growth of crops. [1792]
  8. (slang) The female pubic hair. [1893]
  9. A rough, woolly, or shaggy dog.
  10. (slang) A wig; a hairpiece. [1940]
  11. (colloquial) A dense growth of chest hair. [1954]
Synonyms Translations Translations Verb

rug (rugs, present participle rugging; past and past participle rugged)

  1. (Scotland) To pull roughly or hastily; to plunder; to spoil; to tear.


  1. (UK, dialect, obsolete) snug; cosy

Pronunciation Noun

rug (plural rugs)

  1. (slang) short form of Rugbeian

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