mug

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noun

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

mug

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verb (1)

mugged; mugging

intransitive verb

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

mug

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verb (2)

mugged; mugging

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

Noun a collection of coffee mugs He drank a mug of coffee. They're taking you for a mug.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Because who wouldn't want to sip coffee out of a mug that also doubles as a golf course? Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 23 Nov. 2022 To participate in the hot cocoa sampling from 5 to 9 p.m., patrons will be required to have an official Cocoa Crawl mug and a new button for this year, Aurora Downtown officials said. Chicago Tribune, 22 Nov. 2022 This delicious and basic hot chocolate mix does the job, providing some nostalgia to every mug. Becca Miller, Good Housekeeping, 11 Nov. 2022 Here's a proper mug modeled after the show, a great vessel for your morning cup or an evening finger of whiskey. Mark Stock, Men's Health, 11 Nov. 2022 This mug is dedicated to all the weird sh*t Harry Styles writes on Twitter. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, 10 Nov. 2022 Hydro Flask’s 12-ounce mug, however, gets pressed into use almost daily. The Editors, Outside Online, 4 Nov. 2022 The technology is not advanced enough to quickly determine whether a large container of shampoo or a travel mug brimming with coffee contains explosive material. Andrea Sachs, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Nov. 2022 Wrap up these coasters with a bag of roasted coffee and a mug or a pair of wine glasses to make a great hostess gift. Belle Duchene, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

origin unknown

Verb (2)

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of mug was in 1664

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Cite this Entry

“Mug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mug. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

mug 1 of 3

noun

1
: a usually large drinking cup with a handle
2
: the face or mouth of a person
3

mug

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verb

mugged; mugging
1
: to make faces especially to attract attention : grimace
2

mug

3 of 3

verb

mugged; mugging
: to assault especially with the intention of robbing
mugger noun

Legal Definition

mugged; mugging
: to assault (an individual) usually with intent to rob

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