\ ˈməg How to pronounce mug (audio) \

Definition of mug

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a cylindrical drinking cup
2a : the face or mouth of a person
3a chiefly British
(2) : a person easily deceived
b : punk, thug
mugged; mugging

Definition of mug (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to pose or make faces especially to attract attention or for a camera
mugged; mugging

Definition of mug (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to assault usually with intent to rob
2 : to attack suddenly got mugged in the press by his colleagues

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Other Words from mug


mugful \ ˈməg-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce mugful (audio) \ noun

Verb (2)

muggee \ ˌmə-​ˈgē How to pronounce muggee (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for mug

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of mug in a Sentence

Noun a collection of coffee mugs He drank a mug of coffee. They're taking you for a mug.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pack some oatmeal and coffee in an insulated thermos and mug that won’t leak inside your backpack, and enjoy breakfast on the trail while watching the sunrise. Outside Online, "Adventure Local: Go Micro," 6 Nov. 2019 With gifting season right around the corner, the Pottery Barn x Friends collection has been expanded to include a variety of new exclusive decor and mugs inspired by some of the most hilarious moments from the beloved sitcom. Maria Pasquini,, "Pottery Barn Expands Friends Collection to Include the Perfect Monica-Approved Thanksgiving Mug," 1 Nov. 2019 The Liebling estate’s contract with Getty allows photos to be licensed only for editorial use — meaning images can run in newspapers, but not on mugs or T-shirts., "“Jerome Liebling” into Getty Images’s search engine," 1 Nov. 2019 Tickets are $20 per person and include a free stein (traditional Oktoberfest drinking mugs), German food and more. Austen Erblat,, "Not even beer goggles can ruin this Oktoberfest art experience," 4 Oct. 2019 The interior aesthetic is similar to the flagship Brenda’s French Soul Food, with its red and black color scheme and merchandise wall selling jam and mugs. Justin Phillips,, "5 things to know about Brenda’s, a French and Creole outpost coming to Oakland," 1 Oct. 2019 Cups, glasses, and mugs go on the outer edges of the top rack, face down. Emma Soren, The New Yorker, "How to Properly Load a Dishwasher," 11 Sep. 2019 Well, hurry down to Fiserv Forum on Nov. 23 and get a Giannis Antetokounmpo mean mug gnome before the Milwaukee Bucks play the Detroit Pistons. Mike Hart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Bucks' giveaway schedule features great Giannis stuff," 5 Sep. 2019 In June, designer John Bosley, formerly with Raygun, opened Bozz Prints (posters, shirts, mugs); home and gift shop MōMere recently moved to a bright, larger space; and an acai bowl cafe has joined the mix. Melanie D.g. Kaplan / Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Des Moines is on the move with an emerging food and cocktail scene," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of mug


1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1855, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Verb (2)

circa 1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mug


origin unknown

Verb (2)

probably from earlier mug to strike in the face, perhaps from mug entry 1

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19 Nov 2019

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The first known use of mug was in 1664

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How to pronounce mug (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mug

: a large drinking cup with a handle
: the liquid that is contained in a mug
slang : the face or mouth of a person


\ ˈməg How to pronounce mug (audio) \

Kids Definition of mug

: a large drinking cup with a handle
mugged; mugging

Legal Definition of mug

: to assault (an individual) usually with intent to rob

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