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A luge /ˈluːʒ/ is a small one- or two-person sled on which one sleds supine (face up) and feet-first.... Luge is also the name of an Olympic sport. Lugers can reach speeds of 140 km per hour (87 mph).

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How is this "luger" pronounced?

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    Pronounce it /ˈluːʒər/ (loozher). – Robusto Nov 7 '17 at 13:42
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    See luge. I don't see luger in the online dictionaries I've checked. – Davo Nov 7 '17 at 14:15
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    @Davo: Any noun can be made into an agent noun with the addition of -er. Some work better than others. This one seems obvious. – Robusto Nov 7 '17 at 15:06
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    Also true of verbs: surf:surfer, work:worker, etc. In the case of luge, the noun has been verbed. – Robusto Nov 7 '17 at 15:37
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    @Shosht The pronunciation given by Robusto is correct. However, you raise good points. The most common use of the word luger is in reference to the gun, and that is pronounced (loo-ger). As for alternatives to luger, the English page on the Olympics website refers to them as "Luge Riders." In my years of watching the Olympics, I have not heard the term luger. – mathewb Nov 7 '17 at 17:44
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French verb, SE LUGER, verbe pronominal not luger alone or can be misunderstood -as I did-) .

Pronounce it as Robusto said with a soft end(consonant drops).

Se luge(r)

I hope it works. J

My fault was: Luger (I rather prefer to pronounce it in German, if I can choose - I am studying it):

I tried to find what you're looking for: [loo-zer] is phonetic spelling for loser, letter g in luger is guttural instead.

[loo-Ger] I think you have to try to say it as G in the english guttural/gutturalism definition (ˈgə - even if it's for GU).

loo-ˈgər

and it also has a different "u" longer sound even if it hasn't dieresis (not emphasised).

(Über - sometimes written uber - shorter and stressed "U")

I hope it helps. J

  • You aren't considering the context. The word luger, as used in the OP's question, is not German. Its origin is French. – mathewb Nov 9 '17 at 17:23
  • My sincere apologies (french verb, se luger, verbe pronominal not luger alone or can be misunderstood -as I did-) . Pronounce it as Robusto said with a soft end(consonant drops). Se luge(r) I hope it works – Jacques Nov 9 '17 at 18:36