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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
2 : jail, prison


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


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


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

The first thing the experimenter does is present the monkey with an easy choice: a teaspoon of yummy juice versus an entire jug. Quanta Magazine, "The Neuroscience Behind Bad Decisions," 23 Aug. 2016 Investigators found dismembered remains in milk jugs and glass jars inside Gosnell's clinic. The Washington Post, oregonlive, "More than 2,000 fetal remains found at home of Indiana abortion doctor," 14 Sep. 2019 Investigators found dismembered remains in milk jugs and glass jars inside Gosnell’s clinic. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, "More than 2,000 fetal remains found at home of state’s ‘most prolific’ abortion doctor," 14 Sep. 2019 The email outlined new rules for student tailgating, which includes a ban on hard alcohol, prohibits jugs, large containers, juice containers or other large liquid containers and no standing in or on truck beds. Kevin Vellturo, courant.com, "UConn releases rules for student tailgating lot. Twitter reacts.," 28 Aug. 2019 The first 50 fans to head to cameo.com/koolaidman can submit a Cameo request from the red jug himself, and will get custom shout-outs from Kool-AidMan. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Flavor Flav, Raven-Symone, Sisqo & More Celebrate 'Kool-Aid Day' With Fun New Song: Watch," 9 Aug. 2019 The restaurant was docked five points because several milk jugs stored in a cooler were out of temperature. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, "The 10 worst Jefferson County restaurant health scores for July 2019," 5 Aug. 2019 Find Maslowski Beach or Prentice Park and fill an empty milk jug or two with artesian well water. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "3 small towns for a summer getaway in Wisconsin," 11 July 2018 Irishman kisses the jug Shane Lowry took a six-shot victory at the British Open held at the Royal Portrush. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Weekend in sports: What happened with D-Backs, British Open, and Pacquiao fight?," 22 July 2019

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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jugal point


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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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