Meaning of “slug” in the English Dictionary

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slugnoun [ C ]

uk /slʌɡ/ us /slʌɡ/

slug noun [ C ] (CREATURE)

a small, usually black or brown creature with a long, soft body and no arms or legs, like a snail but with no shell

mainly US informal a slow-moving, lazy person

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slugverb [ T ]

uk /slʌɡ/ us /slʌɡ/ -gg-

(Definition of “slug” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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slugnoun [ C ]

us /slʌɡ/

slug noun [ C ] (CREATURE)

a small animal with a soft body like a snail without a shell

If you say that someone is a slug, you mean that the person would rather do very little or nothing at all:

I suppose you think I’m a slug for not helping.

slug noun [ C ] (BULLET)

infml a bullet

slug noun [ C ] (DRINK)

infml an amount of a drink that fills your mouth:

She took a huge slug of very cold water.

slug noun [ C ] (COIN)

a piece of metal used instead of a coin in a machine:

The new toll machines will reject slugs.

slugverb [ T ]

us /slʌɡ/ -gg- infml

slug verb [ T ] (HIT)

to hit someone hard; punch:

He made me so mad I wanted to slug him.

If you slug a baseball, you hit it very hard.


(Definition of “slug” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)