\ 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
3a chiefly British
(2) : a person easily deceived
b : punk, thug
mugged; mugging

Definition of mug (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to pose or make faces especially to attract attention or for a camera
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 \ ˈməg-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce mugful (audio) \ noun

Verb (2)

muggee \ ˌmə-​ˈgē How to pronounce muggee (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 Watching, sipping coffee from a red mug, Brandi Horton decided: Her family could make this work. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Back to school, but not ‘back to normal’: Students and teachers in Northern Virginia launch online learning," 8 Sep. 2020 What to look for in a rental Pre-pandemic, an ideal vacation rental might have meant a few bedrooms, a spacious kitchen—perhaps a breezy porch for that morning mug of coffee or sunset glass of wine. National Geographic, "A guide to renting a house during a pandemic," 3 Sep. 2020 The 1626 work, which depicts a central figure gazing into his mug while a second boy glances over his shoulder, may represent sight. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Thieves Steal 17th-Century Masterpiece for Third Time in 32 Years," 28 Aug. 2020 For coffee and tea drinkers, having a good mug to sip those warm bevvies out of is clutch. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "You can get an extra 50% off sale items at Anthropologie this weekend," 28 Aug. 2020 Need a mug to keep coffee warm for more than 30 minutes? Wired Staff, Wired, "The 15 Best Weekend Deals on Apple Accessories, Games, and More," 15 Aug. 2020 No matter, as Giannis needed one hand to corral the board and throw down a monster slam, followed by a mean mug all the way down the floor. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eleven memorable plays during the 2019-20 Bucks season," 14 Aug. 2020 On Tuesday, Kabia said, a woman in a minivan threw a ceramic mug at a Black male customer sitting outside. Phil Davis,, "Ice Queens Snowball Shop in Locust Point alleges racist incidents targeting store owners, Black customers," 13 Aug. 2020 Most compelling answer will receive a handsome Washington Post mug. The Washington Post, "Talk about Travel," 17 Aug. 2020

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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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15 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce mug (audio)

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 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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