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

Verb (2)

muggee \ ˌmə-​ˈgē How to pronounce mug (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 There's also a shopping and dining area, Hogsmeade, where guests can shop for wands at Ollivanders and then pop into the Three Broomsticks for a mug of Butterbeer. Karla Cripps, CNN, 1 Sep. 2021 Round out breakfast with a mug of coffee or a pot of PG Tips tea. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 14 Aug. 2021 The brick walls are covered in black-and-white photos; the tables are made of a dark glossy wood; and the bar looks like a bartender could slide a full mug of beer down to an awaiting cowboy. Washington Post, 29 June 2021 And since it’s the big 3-0, consider pairing this coffee gift with a mug in honor of this milestone. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, 11 May 2021 With the plunger in the bottom position, pour your espresso-like coffee into a mug. Cassidy Olsen, Good Housekeeping, 1 Apr. 2021 The image on Cascade Park has waterfalls morphed into a beer mug. Marc Bona, cleveland, 22 Mar. 2021 The official mug is not a boot and people take to the market's Facebook page to complain. John J. Kim, chicagotribune.com, 12 May 2021 No more rushing to the microwave to heat, reheat and re-reheat the contents of a massively macho mug. Peter Funt, WSJ, 15 June 2021

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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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Dictionary Entries Near mug

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mug

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16 Sep 2021

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“Mug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mug. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce mug (audio) \

Kids Definition of mug

: a large drinking cup with a handle

mug

transitive verb
mugged; mugging

Legal Definition of mug

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

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