Definition of nuga
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LNS
nūga, nūgae
etym. dub.; old form naugae; cf.: naucum, nux
Mostly Plural
noun (f., 1st declension)
  1. jokes, jests, idle speeches, trifles, trumpery, nonsense
  2. to play the fool
  3. trifles
  4. women's finery
  5. jesters, jokers, droll fellows
Abbreviations
nūgae, ārum, f. etym. dub.; old form naugae; cf.: naucum, nux, jokes, jests, idle speeches, trifles, trumpery, nonsense (syn. ineptiae). Lit.: aufer nugas, away with your jesting, Plaut. Truc. 4, 4, 7: nugas postulare, id. Trin. 2, 4, 40; id. Truc. 2, 1, 20; id. Merc. 2, 4, 1: huncine hominem tantis delectatum esse nugis? Cic. Div. 2, 13, 30.

—Hence, nugas agere, to play the fool: nisi argentum dederit, nugas egerit, Plaut. Men. prol. 54; so, maximas nugas agis, id. As. 1, 1, 78; and ellipt. without ago: quo illum sequar? in Persas? nugas, nonsense! id. Pers. 4, 7, 7; id. Most. 5, 1, 38.

—Of verses, trifles: nescio quid meditans nugarum, Hor. S. 1, 9, 2; cf. Cat. 1, 4; Mart. 9, 1, 5 (cf. also: versūs et cetera ludicra, Hor. Ep. 1, 1, 10).

—Of the songs of hired female mourners at a funeral: haec sunt non nugae: non enim mortualia, Plaut. As. 4, 1, 63.

—Acc. to Nonius, Plautus called women's finery nugae, Non. 144, 30; v. nugivendus.

— Transf. (abstr. pro concreto), jesters, jokers, droll fellows: amicos habet meras nugas, Cic. Att. 6, 3, 5: ego Hephaestum ... Niciam, ego nugas maximas omni meā comitate sum complexus, id. Q. Fr. 1, 2, 2 comites Graeculi, quocumque ibat: tum in comitatu nugarum nihil, id. Mil. 21, 55.
 
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