\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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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

Please celebrate this joyous news by drinking a jug of iced coffee on me. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Does Coffee Dehydrate You? Nope, Says Science," 2 July 2018 At the end of our meal, a server came by proffering a gratis jug of txakolina. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Fun, informal pop-up Good Fortune opening permanent location," 18 Oct. 2017 The teas are available all day and night, with rows of Bodum glass cups and Stelton jugs lined up for filling. Jamie Rosen, Town & Country, "The Alpine Spa Where Billionaires and Hollywood Royalty Go to Detox," 11 Apr. 2017 Also among those fleeing was Pantaleon Garcia, who was able to load his grandchildren into the back of a pickup with a jug of water and some food. Mark Stevenson And Sonia Perez D., chicagotribune.com, "At Guatemala volcano, caution as rescue efforts resume," 6 June 2018 The stores also sell the kind of trendy accent pieces — galvanized milk jugs, crab traps, multidrawer library file cabinets — available new at big box retailers such as Home Depot and Restoration Hardware. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "S.A.’s doors, windows, hardware from old homes finding new lives," 4 May 2018 Strangers offered strangers swigs from jugs of wine or juice, many of which turned out to be dosed with LSD. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Recalling Altamont as a crime story," 12 July 2018 One officer found a cellphone hidden at the bottom of a water jug; another found a charger concealed in a wall next to an inmate’s bunk. New York Times, "Safety Concerns Grow as Inmates Are Guarded by Teachers and Secretaries," 17 June 2018 That means bales of plastic jugs, cardboard and other paper products will not likely find a home in the world's largest market. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "China's ban on U.S. scrap is raising the issue of 'dirty' recyclables in Wisconsin," 8 June 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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obstinately defiant of authority

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