Rug (?), n. [Cf. Sw. rugg
entanglend hair, ruggig rugged, shaggy, probably akin to E.
rough. See Rough, a.]
1. A kind of coarse, heavy frieze, formerly used
They spin the choicest rug in Ireland. A friend
of mine . . . repaired to Paris Garden clad in one of these Waterford
rugs. The mastiffs, . . . deeming he had been a bear, would
fain have baited him. Holinshed.
2. A piece of thick, nappy fabric, commonly
made of wool, -- used for various purposes, as for covering and
ornamenting part of a bare floor, for hanging in a doorway as a
potière, for protecting a portion of carpet, for a wrap to
protect the legs from cold, etc.
3. A rough, woolly, or shaggy dog.
Rug gown, a gown made of rug, of or coarse,
shaggy cloth. B. Johnson.
Rug, v. t. To pull roughly or
hastily; to plunder; to spoil; to tear. [Scot.] Sir W.