\ 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


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


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


mugful noun

Verb (2)

muggee \ ˌmə-​ˈgē \ noun

Synonyms for mug

Synonyms: Noun


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Examples of mug in a Sentence


a collection of coffee mugs He drank a mug of coffee. They're taking you for a mug.
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In the new image unveiled today, Middleton looks extremely cozy—curling up on the couch with a mug, wearing a white long sleeve tee, olive green joggers, and comfy socks. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Poses for a Festive Post-Baby Photo Shoot," 20 Dec. 2018 Settle in with a mug of Populace Coffee and a seasonal pastry (like a strawberry donut or a slice of honey custard pie) and a stack of Grandpa Richard’s pancakes for good measure. Leslie Pariseau, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Detroit," 3 Oct. 2018 In 2015, for example, a Somali immigrant was hit with a beer mug for speaking Swahili with her family at a Minnesota Applebee's., ""This Is America, Speak English": Latinas On The Fear Of Speaking Spanish In Public," 16 May 2018 Free Danish and coffee with a travel mug will be offered to guests in the skilled nursing facility main dining room, 13900 Detroit Ave. Carol Kovach,, "Fairview Park students learn about kindness, compassion: A Place in the Sun," 2 Apr. 2018 The spot is now marked by the statue of Beetle Bailey, sitting in a booth with a foamy mug in front of him. Ian Cummings, kansascity, "KC comic strip readers remember ‘Beetle Bailey’ cartoonist Mort Walker, a Mizzou alum," 28 Jan. 2018 If the idea of relaxing on your porch with a mug of your very own homemade hard cider in hand sounds like a lovely fantasy that would be way to much work to pull off in real life, get ready to hear some very exciting news. Lauren Matthews, Country Living, "This Incredible Machine Turns Any Kind of Fruit Into Alcohol," 9 Jan. 2017 Photo: Nona Lim Campbell launched its drinkable soups after researchers noticed that parents sometimes poured soup into thermos containers to drink in their cars or microwaved it in mugs while working from home. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "Put Down That Spoon—This Soup Is For Drinking," 5 Jan. 2019 The decadent treat comes in a beer mug and is topped with chocolate sprinkles and a bright red cherry, natch. Lori Rackl,, "Bicentennial bucket list: 20 essential Illinois drinks," 29 June 2018

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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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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 \

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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