jug

noun
\ ˈjəg How to pronounce jug (audio) \

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

jug

verb
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

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

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 Who will join the 2019 major winners group of Tiger Woods (the Masters), Brooks Koepka (PGA championship) and Gary Woodland (U.S. Open) and hoist the Claret jug? Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "2019 British Open Championship: Round 1 live scores, leaderboard," 18 July 2019 And, like thunder that shatters glass, came the sound of a porcelain jug falling to the ground, the liquid inside bursting out, spilling densely, slowly, silently, a deep silence—the kind that comes before the cry of a child whom someone is beating. Silvina Ocampo, The New Yorker, "Skylight," 11 July 2019 Mills generally buy plastic bottles with the No. 1 mark, and plastic jugs with the No. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "How recycling works in Anchorage: Most of it ends up in the Lower 48," 7 June 2019 The situation gets muddled when the monkey is then offered the choice between a full jug of juice and one that’s nearly full. Quanta Magazine, "The Neuroscience Behind Bad Decisions," 23 Aug. 2016 And finally, try dropping giant plastic ice cubes — old milk jugs filled with water and frozen work great — into the water about ten minutes before getting in the water. Stacey Mckenna, azcentral, "Yes, you can still enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy during Arizona’s hottest months: Here’s how," 1 July 2019 For good measure, Velázquez has set the teenager’s cabeza atop a very wide, exquisitely precise flared collar, like a jug set down on a tabletop or a melon on a plate. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Review: 3 Velázquez paintings alone are reason to go, now, to this San Diego show," 26 June 2019 Rigid plastics, such as water bottles and milk jugs, are easier to recycle. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "California takes on an ocean of plastic waste, considers crackdown on industry," 12 June 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

Noun

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Verb

1747, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for jug

Noun

perhaps from Jug, nickname for Joan

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jug

noun

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

jug

noun
\ 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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