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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

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 The immersion blender comes with a whisk attachment and a 42-ounce blending jug, as well as a chopping bowl attachment that acts like a food processor. Zoe Malin, NBC News, "7 best immersion blenders to keep on hand in the kitchen," 26 Mar. 2021 Mullins went to a shed and returned with a gallon jug lacking a label, half filled with orange liquid. Chris Offutt, Harper's Magazine, "The Holler Men," 16 Mar. 2021 At their first meeting, at the Town Hall in Greenwich, Ms. Varner gave Ms. Vega an earthenware jug that had been in the family since the 1700s. John Leland, New York Times, "A Teenager Was Bullied. His Ancestors Saved Him.," 26 Feb. 2021 From the start, irrational events ensue: a barn bursts into flame, a jug crashes to the floor, ghostly presences materialize, people levitate. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Drenching Richness of Andrei Tarkovsky," 8 Feb. 2021 Painted for the open market, the appeal of the genre paintings was their freer brush strokes and joyful immediacy, like the two boys in the Leerdam work, one staring into a jug of beer. New York Times, "The Mystery of the Painting Thieves Love," 18 Jan. 2021 But the Gophers painted the jug brown and wrote the score on it. Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune, "In 1918, the Little Brown Jug rivalry had to navigate a pandemic — and war," 21 Oct. 2020 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 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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30 Mar 2021

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“Jug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jug. Accessed 13 Apr. 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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