[pluhg-uhg-lee] /ˈplʌgˌʌg li/

noun, plural pluguglies. Informal.
a ruffian; rowdy; tough.
(informal) extremely ugly
noun (pl) -lies
(US, slang) a city tough; ruffian

“ruffian,” 1856, originally in Baltimore, Maryland, from plug (n.), American English slang name for the stovepipe hats then popular among young men, + ugly.


[origin unknown; perhaps fr rowdy fire companies in Baltimore, hence fr fireplug; perhaps fr New York toughs of the 1830s who wore top hats over their ears as helmets; perhaps related to plug-muss, ”a fight,” found by the early 1950s]


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