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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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For instance, chef-owner Pawan Saini said, the water cups are copper, and so is the water jug that’s brought to the table. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Apr. 2022 First the clay jug is filled with beef, tomatoes, bell pepper, garlic and a knob of butter. Lisa Morrow, CNN, 25 Mar. 2022 The prosecution has said Brittain planned to use the jug to put behind his wheels because the truck wouldn't park. Teresa Moss, Arkansas Online, 18 Mar. 2022 The Style Invitational’s first contest for spoofy online product reviews — Week 960, exactly 10 years ago today — was inspired by a series of rapturous odes to a plastic jug of Tuscan brand milk that were posted by various wags on Amazon. Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2022 The picture showed a woman at a table with a face jug, the kind made by potters in the region, with a sunflower rising from it. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2022 Included with the machine are a juice jug, which comes with a froth separator to help skim off that foam, and a cleaning brush. Lauren Joseph, Bon Appétit, 17 Mar. 2022 Only the earnest escape nicknames: Jodie, Mungo’s barely older sister and surrogate mum, and James — simply James — Mungo’s motherless jug-eared love, the Catholic boy who lives across the trash heap. Hillary Kelly, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 At a sewage treatment plant on a sliver of land in Boston Harbor, trickles of wastewater are pumped into a plastic jug every 15 minutes. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, 22 Mar. 2022 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, 9 June 2019 See More

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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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Last Updated

17 May 2022

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“Jug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jug. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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\ 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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