jug

noun
\ ˈjəg How to pronounce jug (audio) \

Definition of jug

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : a large deep container (as of glass, earthenware, or plastic) with a narrow mouth and a handle
(2) : the contents of such a container : jugful
b chiefly British : a small pitcher
2 : jail, prison

jug

verb
jugged; jugging

Definition of jug (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to stew (something, such as a hare) in an earthenware vessel
2 : jail, imprison

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Synonyms & Antonyms for jug

Synonyms: Noun

bastille, big house [slang], bridewell, brig, calaboose, can, clink [slang], cooler, coop, guardroom, hock, hold, hoosegow, jail, jailhouse, joint [slang], lockup, nick [British slang], pen, penitentiary, pokey [slang], prison, quod [British slang], slam, slammer, stir [slang], stockade, tolbooth [Scottish]

Synonyms: Verb

commit, confine, immure, imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail, lock (up)

Antonyms: Verb

discharge, free, liberate, release

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Examples of jug in a Sentence

Noun

some no-good fellow who had spent most of his life in and out of the county jug put a jug of milk on the table

Verb

the luckless crooks got jugged before they knew what hit them
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His name etched into the silver claret jug should help with that. Doug Ferguson, Fox News, "Molinari not flashy except the players he beats," 23 July 2018 The former fast-food restaurant manager would light plastic jugs with gasoline and leave them on front porches. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Fire deaths in D.C. ruled accidental three decades ago reclassified as homicides," 5 Mar. 2018 This time, the tea arrived ready mixed for the group to share out of a jug. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "Peru’s Prayers Answered as Paolo Guerrero Gets World Cup Reprieve," 31 May 2018 Break it down and if possible place in your bin or cart Recycle plastic bottles and jugs only. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "What you can and can't recycle, according to the experts at Rumpke," 12 June 2018 Float them in a jug of ice water or seltzer for the kids or plop them into pitcher of sangria for the adults. Gabriella Vigoreaux, Good Housekeeping, "The Fruity Cubes Your Summer Drinks Need," 15 June 2015 Sara Kate filled hers with her collection of oversize vases and glass vessels and added a few curiosities—a print, an alarm clock, and a vase of flowers—to break up the cluster of jugs. Wendy Manwarren Generes, Country Living, "Not Just for Cocktails: 4 Inventive New Uses for a Bar Cart," 25 Feb. 2014 Until the early 2000s, water was mainly sold in big jugs for homes and office coolers. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Plastic Water Bottles, Which Enabled a Drinks Boom, Now Threaten a Crisis," 12 Dec. 2018 But odds are no one would notice him at Bellerive had his name not been engraved on the claret jug. Doug Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "Molinari goes from major caddie to major champion," 7 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of jug

Noun

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Verb

1747, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for jug

Noun

perhaps from Jug, nickname for Joan

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jug

noun

English Language Learners Definition of jug

chiefly US : a large, deep container with a narrow opening and a handle
: the amount held by a jug

jug

noun
\ ˈjəg How to pronounce jug (audio) \

Kids Definition of jug

: a large deep usually earthenware or glass container with a narrow mouth and a handle

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