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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


jugged; jugging

Definition of jug (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for jug

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Her younger brother, Terron, holds the hose and keeps the stream running into a 5-gallon jug. Ian James, AZCentral.com, "'We need water to survive': Hopi Tribe pushes for solutions in long struggle for water," 14 Dec. 2020 White said evidence was ambiguous as to who took the money off Miller’s body and where the jug was. Michael Wetzel The Decatur Daily, al, "Alabama murder suspect confessed: ‘We planned it all,’ police testify," 4 Dec. 2020 Eggnog usually comes from the grocery store in jug form, only to be doctored with alcohol and garnishes at home. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "You Can Thank Virginia (and George Washington) for Boozy Homemade Eggnog," 4 Dec. 2020 Packs and Containers: Bags (backpacks, fanny pack,(comma) dry bags with patch kit), bucket, food barrels with straps, contractor’s garbage bags, larger sized water jug. Jim Baird, Field & Stream, "How to Assemble the Ultimate Bug-Out Kit for Long-Term Wilderness Living," 1 Dec. 2020 But now, inside the rear house, there was a gallon jug of water and a bag of peanuts on a Formica kitchen counter. Francesca Mari, The New Yorker, "Using the Homeless to Guard Empty Houses," 30 Nov. 2020 Cooke, Minnesota’s AD, painted the score on the jug in large script, just as the Gophers had in 1903. Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune, "In 1918, the Little Brown Jug rivalry had to navigate a pandemic — and war," 21 Oct. 2020 The Gophers were coached by Henry Williams, Michigan by Fielding Yost, original players from the jug’s inauguration as a traveling trophy. Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune, "In 1918, the Little Brown Jug rivalry had to navigate a pandemic — and war," 21 Oct. 2020 Two years ago, Alabama players grabbed the Gatorade jug and dunked one of their analysts on the sideline of a 58-21 win at Tennessee. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Butch Jones still operating outside spotlight as special assistant to Saban," 21 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb No More Deaths published a report that documented the frequent destruction of the water jugs the group leaves throughout the southern desert for passing migrants. John Moore/getty Images, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trial revives debate: When does border humanitarian aid become a crime?," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of jug


1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1b


1747, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for jug


perhaps from Jug, nickname for Joan

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17 Jan 2021

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“Jug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jug. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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


\ 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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