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lug (noun) – 1. A handle or projection used as a hold or support.
2. A lug nut.
3. (Nautical) A lugsail.
4. A projecting part of a larger piece that helps to provide traction, as on a tire or the sole of a boot.
5. A copper or brass fitting to which electrical wires can be soldered or otherwise connected.
6. (Slang) A clumsy fool; a blockhead.
7. The ancient Celtic god of artisanship and warriors. He was said to be the father of Cuchulain.

(verb) – 1. To drag or haul (an object) laboriously.
2. To pull or drag with short jerks.
3. To cause (an engine, for example) to run poorly or hesitate.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : (noun) – A broad-meaning word used of things that move slowly or with difficulty, “of obscure etymology”. From 1620s as “handle of a pitcher,” this sense probably from Scottish lugge “earflap of a cap; ear” (late 15th century and according to OED still the common word for “ear” in 19th century Scotland), which is probably from Scandinavian (compare Swedish lugg “forelock,” Norwegian lugg “tuft of hair”) and influenced by the verb. The connecting notion is “something that can be gripped and pulled.” Applied 19th century to mechanical objects that can be grabbed or gripped. Meaning “stupid fellow” is from 1924; that of “lout, sponger” is 1931, American English.

(verb) – Late 14th century, “pull (something) slowly or with effort,” from Scandinavian (compare Swedish lugga, Norwegian lugge “to pull by the hair”).