mug

noun
\ 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
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 How to pronounce muggee (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for mug

Synonyms: Noun

cup

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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

Workers were offered free SpaceX mugs for completing their review, said the person. Andrea Fuller, WSJ, "How Companies Secretly Boost Their Glassdoor Ratings," 22 Jan. 2019 The set includes a 2.8-liter pot, two bowls, and two mugs. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "Why I Love Collapsible Camping Gear," 18 June 2018 In the photos, Kendall holds a blue mug, presumably (or, at least for Kendall's sake, hopefully) full of a steaming hot beverage. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Kardashian-Jenner Sisters Are Taking Turns Posing *Almost* Naked in the Snow," 31 Dec. 2018 The Royal Mint made the couple an official commemorative coin, and there are plenty of souvenir tea towels, mugs, tea cups, keychains and more on the market. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Getting Two Commemorative Stamps in Honor of Their Wedding," 17 May 2018 Opt for the airy feel of stacking tableware, ceramic coffee mugs, tea pots, and more on exposed, floating shelves rather than in heavy above-counter cabinets. Amanda Smith, ELLE Decor, "16 Accents and Finishes for a Timeless Kitchen," 17 Apr. 2018 The eight Harts mug for the camera in October 2015, when the children would have ranged in age from roughly 10 to 17. OregonLive.com, "Hart family deaths show -- again -- how much home school children need case workers’ vigilance," 13 Apr. 2018 There’s also a terrific gift shop packed with souvenirs — mugs, postcards, magnets, dish towels, umbrellas, and more — featuring the Hans Holbein portrait of Anne Boleyn. Ellen Scolnic, Philly.com, "Finding Anne Boleyn (and Henry VIII) at Hever Castle," 9 Feb. 2018 Every year, the retailer features a variety of mugs, including popular perennial favorites as well as their latest collection. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Anthropologie's Insanely Popular Monogram Mugs Make the Cutest Christmas Gifts," 26 Nov. 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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mug

noun

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

mug

noun
\ 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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