mug

noun
\ˈməg \

Definition of mug 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a cylindrical drinking cup

2a : the face or mouth of a person

b : grimace

c : mug shot

3a chiefly British

(1) : fool, blockhead

(2) : a person easily deceived

b : punk, thug

mug

verb (1)
mugged; mugging

Definition of mug (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

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

mug

verb (2)
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

Noun

mugful noun

Verb (2)

muggee \ ˌmə-​ˈgē \ noun

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

First came the before pictures, as brightly lit and perfunctory as a mug shot. Lena Dunham, Vogue, "Lena Dunham Goes on the Ultimate Eyelash Adventure in Los Angeles," 12 Nov. 2018 Along with millennial pink mugs, laptop cases, and furniture, here's a new collectible to add to your blush pink collection: Kit Kat bars. Southern Living, "We Absolutely Can't Wait to Try This New Kit Kat Flavor," 2 Feb. 2018 An entire cottage industry has sprung up around the justice in recent years, complete with mugs, T-shirts, songs and even children's books. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Death of Alabama mom, online exhibitionist shocks community: report," 22 Jan. 2018 Urban Harvest Brewing: OktoHarvest Oktoberfest, with German food, music, custom mugs and beer specials, 1-10 p.m. Oct. 14, with a live comedy show at 7:30 p.m., 1024 S. 5th St., (414) 249-4074. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Your weekly entertainment calendar, Oct. 13-19," 12 Oct. 2017 Stop in Rising Sons Brewery's Brewpub to watch the game with a mug of their Steeple Amber Ale in hand. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A 24-Hour Guide to Cork, Ireland," 27 Mar. 2018 There's just something about a steaming mug of coffee, the mercy of a Bloody Mary, the cheerful din of brunching humanity; certain intangible qualities that simply can't be reproduced at home. Sarah Nardi, Chicago Reader, "The Bongo Room turns 25: A look back at Wicker Park's beloved brunch spot," 5 July 2018 The remains of a typical breakfast in rural Guatemala — a basket of tortillas, a bowl of beans, mugs of coffee — are still laid out on a table, all covered with dark, gritty volcanic ash. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Traces of life trapped beneath volcano’s ash," 13 June 2018 Luckily, cleaning your ring isn’t a labor-intensive process—just drop it into a mug of warm water mixed with a few drops of soap or mild dishwashing detergent. Vogue, "8 Tips for Engagement Ring Care," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of mug

Noun

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

Noun

origin unknown

Verb (2)

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

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More Definitions for mug

mug

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mug

: a large drinking cup with a handle

: the liquid that is contained in a mug

: the face or mouth of a person

mug

noun
\ˈməg \

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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