mug

noun
\ 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

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 \ 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

From inflatable station wagons to moose mugs, there are so many ways to outdo the rest of Margos and Todds of your neighborhood. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Everyone Is Freaking Out About This Crazy 'Christmas Vacation' Clark Griswold Inflatable," 10 Dec. 2018 Most pharmacies and convenience stores can usually help you out with the basics — or even last-minute gifts, like mugs from Starbucks or stocking stuffers from CVS. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "These Stores Will Be Open on Christmas Day This Year," 18 Dec. 2018 The backpack also has two deep water bottle pockets with retention straps to keep your umbrella or travel mug secure. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "‘The world’s most versatile waterproof backpack’ review," 20 Nov. 2018 MiiR camp cup: Nothing beats a hot beverage in the morning, and our go-to mug is the BPA-free 12-ounce MiiR camp cup ($24.95). Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 Hey, who doesn’t need another traditional commemorative mug to add to their collection? Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding China Has Left Royal Family Fans Slightly Confused," 1 Oct. 2018 The bartender then threw a beer mug at the man, hitting him in the head and causing a cut. Fox News, "Florida bartender arrested for throwing beer mug at customer's head over bathroom comment," 21 Sep. 2018 For example, some of Hrnjak’s more than 120 mug designs show influences of Picasso. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Escondido's influential tiki man 'Bosko' is subject of new film," 8 July 2018 Starbucks have released new cold cups and travel mugs of all sizes as part of the Summer 2018 collab. refinery29.com, "Starbucks & Ban.do Just Announced Another Collaboration," 25 June 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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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 \

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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