Definition of slug noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//slʌɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//slʌɡ//
    Gardening, Invertebrates
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  1. 1 a small soft creature, like a snail without a shell, that moves very slowly and often eats garden plants See related entries: Gardening, Invertebrates
  2. 2(informal) a small amount of a strong alcoholic drink He took another slug of whisky.
  3. 3(informal, especially North American English) a bullet
  4. 4(North American English, informal) a piece of metal shaped like a coin used to get things from machines, etc., sometimes illegally
  5. Word Originnoun late Middle English (in the sense ‘sluggard’): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Norwegian dialect slugg ‘large heavy body’. Sense 1 dates from the early 18th cent.
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