What are some alternative words for tug?

Synonyms for tug
tʌg

This thesaurus page is about all possible synonyms, equivalent, same meaning and similar words for the term tug.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tug, jerk(noun)

    a sudden abrupt pull

    Synonyms:
    saccade, jerky, jerk, dork, jerking, jerked meat, jolt, towboat, tugboat, tower

  2. tugboat, tug, towboat, tower(verb)

    a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships

    Synonyms:
    towboat, tower, jerk, column, pillar, tugboat

  3. tug(verb)

    pull hard

    "The prisoner tugged at the chains"; "This movie tugs at the heart strings"

    Synonyms:
    labor, lug, tote, push, labour, drive

  4. tug, labor, labour, push, drive(verb)

    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:
    fight, force back, crowd, lug, get, dig, ram, drudge, moil, press, agitate, advertize, take, repel, aim, drive, promote, travail, crusade, labour, motor, advertise, grind, bear on, repulse, labor, force, ride, push, campaign, tote, push back, toil, beat back

  5. tug(verb)

    tow (a vessel) with a tug

    "The tugboat tugged the freighter into the harbor"

    Synonyms:
    labor, lug, tote, push, labour, drive

  6. lug, tote, tug(verb)

    carry with difficulty

    "You'll have to lug this suitcase"

    Synonyms:
    labour, block, lug, push, stuff, labor, tote, drive, choke up

  7. tug(verb)

    move by pulling hard

    "The horse finally tugged the cart out of the mud"

    Synonyms:
    labor, lug, tote, push, labour, drive

  8. tug(verb)

    pull or strain hard at

    "Each oar was tugged by several men"

    Synonyms:
    labor, lug, tote, push, labour, drive

  9. tug(verb)

    struggle in opposition

    "She tugged and wrestled with her conflicts"

    Synonyms:
    labor, lug, tote, push, labour, drive

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. tug

    One object draws another when it moves it toward itself or in the direction of its own motion by the exertion of adequate force, whether slight or powerful. To attract is to exert a force that tends to draw, tho it may produce no actual motion; all objects are attracted toward the earth, tho they may be sustained from falling. To drag is to draw against strong resistance; as, to drag a sled over bare ground, or a carriage up a steep hill. To pull is to exert a drawing force, whether adequate or inadequate; as, the fish pulls on the line; a dentist pulls a tooth. To tug is to draw, or try to draw, a resisting object with a continuous straining motion; as, to tug at the oar. To haul is to draw somewhat slowly a heavy object; as, to haul a seine; to haul logs. One vessel tows another. In the figurative sense, attract is more nearly akin to incline, draw to induce. We are attracted by one's appearance, drawn to his side. Compare ALLURE; ARRAY; INFLUENCE.

    See synonyms for DRIVE.

    Synonyms:
    allure, attract, drag, draw, entice, haul, incline, induce, lead, lure, pull, tow

    Antonyms:
    alienate, estrange, rebuff, reject, repel, repulse

    Preposition:
    To draw water from or out of the well; draw the boat through the water, to the shore; draw air into the lungs; draw with cords of love; the wagon is drawn by horses, along the road, across the field, over the stones, through the woods, to the barn.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. tug(v)

    Synonyms:
    pull, drag, haul, draw

Editors Contribution

  1. yank

    as to quickly tug, jerk or pull at something attached by a rope or other line held in hand.

    they all grabbed the rope in unison and yanked it quickly & even harder, so as to dislodge it from it's place of mooring.

    Submitted by acronimous on December 8, 2019  
  2. hauling

    exert force on (someone or something) so as to cause movement towards oneself

    she hauled the laden basket up the slope

    Submitted by rinat on September 10, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. tug(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    pull (with great effort), draw, haul, drag

  2. tug(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    pull hard

  3. tug(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    labor, struggle, strive

  4. tug(n.)

    Synonyms:
    hard pull, great effort

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. tug(n)

    Synonyms:
    trace, pull, effort

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    tugboat, tow, tugs

How to pronounce tug?

Alex
Alex
US English
Daniel
Daniel
British
Karen
Karen
Australian
Veena
Veena
Indian

How to say tug in sign language?

  1. tug

Words popularity by usage frequency

rankword
#77get
#246take
#422press
#737drive
#986advertise
#992stuff
#1022force
#1176lead
#1662block
#1999motor
#2137labor
#2171campaign
#2239column
#2406promote
#2575fight
#2751aim
#2968ride
#3213ram
#3350draw
#3526labour
#3587push
#3599tower
#3810pull
#5598crowd
#6613drag
#7554attract
#7788dig
#12016tote
#14129induce
#14185tow
#14302haul
#14556jerk
#15382pillar
#15427grind
#16475lug
#17081lure
#18225crusade
#18677jerking
#20230tug
#22630allure
#25036drudge
#27916incline
#28820jolt
#29951travail
#30769jerky
#32582dork
#35150toil
#36441entice
#42537repel
#53055tugs
#64199tugboat
#85740repulse
#86407agitate
#93997advertize
#108153saccade
#170692towboat
#239454moil

How to use tug in a sentence?

  1. Rick Meckler:

    It's a back and forth tug of war between investors in this trading range.

  2. Craig Luttman:

    It was like a tug of war, all were going in different directions.

  3. Andre Bakhos:

    The market is showing a little fatigue ... and the question is what's the next theme that's going to push markets higher, it's going to be a tug of war on economic data and the court of investor opinion as to what exactly the Fed does.

  4. Meredith Montgomery:

    What may this look like? Ten to 30 minutes of play with a favorite wand toy, special brushing session (if liked by your pet), a walk with your leashed dog, or time spent with a favorite toy playing fetch or tug-of-war.

  5. Pete Holiday:

    Capitalism needs to function like a game of tug-of-war. Two opposing sides need to continually struggle for dominance, but at no time can either side be permitted to walk away with the rope.


Translations for tug

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • Ruck, zerren, schleppenGerman
  • jalar, tirarSpanish
  • raahata, nykäisy, riuhtoa, nykäys, kiskoa, kiskaista, hinata, nykiä, nykäistä, riuhtaistaFinnish
  • tirer, remorquer, tirementFrench
  • rimorchiare, strattone, tirare, trascinareItalian
  • kāhakihakiMāori
  • smuci, trageRomanian
  • потянуть, потащить, отбуксировать, тащить, буксировать, дёрнуть, рывок, дёргать, тянутьRussian
  • இழுபறிக்குப்Tamil

Get even more translations for tug »

Translation

Find a translation for the tug synonym in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Український (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Images & Illustrations of tug

  1. tug
    tug
    tug
    tug
    tug

Discuss these tug synonyms with the community:


Citation

Use the citation below to add these synonyms to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"tug." Synonyms.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 4 Jun 2020. <https://www.synonyms.com/synonym/tug>.

Are we missing a good synonym for tug?

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for tug:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.