\ ˈjəg \

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

Chisholm says an officer opened a shower curtain in the bathroom to find Trammell standing in the shower naked, chugging hot water from a jug. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Cops Tased a mentally ill man 15 times in the shower. That’s not what killed him, Milwaukee DA says | Miami Herald," 27 Apr. 2018 This commitment resulted in 513,614 pennies, which filled 15 five-gallon water jugs. Rebecca Shinners, Country Living, "This Louisiana Man Spent the Last 40 Years Collecting Pennies," 30 Oct. 2015 Along with the remains of at least nine people, the tomb contained lavish decorations and funerary goods, including four small jugs. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Israeli tomb contains a tasty surprise: Vanilla extract," 20 Nov. 2018 During that time period, bronze jugs or containers with wine were regularly buried with the dead as a kind of sacrifice. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Bottle of 2,000-Year-Old Rice Wine Found in Chinese Tomb," 26 Mar. 2018 The kitchenette includes a five-gallon water jug and a single-burner propane stove and cooler, while the 6.75 cubic foot drawer can hold lots of clothes, gear, and camping supplies. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Prefab camper van kits cost $13,500," 26 July 2018 Magnets pull out metal cans, and an optical scanner detects plastic and directs puffs of air to lift milk jugs and other light containers out of the stream. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Rise of 'wishcycling,' plummeting value of paper and glass raise concerns about 'a new reality of recycling'," 20 June 2018 The crowd, many of whom carried water jugs and umbrellas, walked 2 miles in heat that reached the mid-90s as employees at courthouses and office buildings left work to watch. Washington Post, "Seeing red: Teacher walkouts shut Arizona, Colorado schools," 26 Apr. 2018 Water is an absolutely enormous gap in a lot of preps, because who wants to go buy a whole bunch of 1-gallon jugs of water? Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "What doomsday preppers are buying this Black Friday," 21 Nov. 2018

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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 lobe

jugal point


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English Language Learners Definition of jug

: a large, deep container with a narrow opening and a handle

: the amount held by a jug


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Kids Definition of jug

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

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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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