\ 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


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 \ 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


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

Community members can purchase Portage County Water Rescue Team T-shirts, hoodies, mugs and stickers here to help the team raise money. Benjamin Peters,, "Portage County Water Rescue Team looking to community for donations to buy new rescue gear," 12 July 2019 United conceded the joint-lowest amount of goals in the Championship last season, their defence are no mugs., "Sheffield United Fantasy Football: Every Blades Player's Price in 2019/20 Game Revealed," 10 July 2019 Dominating one side is the Museum of the American Cocktail, with wall displays of antique cocktail shakers, menus and tiki mugs from Don the Beachcomber, and Prohibition-era posters. Laura Randall, Washington Post, "If you need an alternative to French Quarter cocktails and food, try this museum," 3 July 2019 Additionally, teens and adults can earn a free piece of cake from Portillo’s, a mug and tote bag. Elizabeth Owens-schiele,, "Vernon Area, Arlington Heights Memorial among public libraries offering summer literacy programs: ‘Summer is a wonderful time for children of all ages to explore books’," 1 July 2019 Sherrod Brown and Franklin The Ohio Senator made Franklin, a rescue dog, a key part of his successful 2018 campaign, naming him Manager of Morale, putting his face on mugs, and featuring him in ads. Heather Timmons, Quartz, "Meet the dogs of the 2020 presidential race," 1 July 2019 According to the team’s website, fans who buy a ticket to the game will receive a Friends-themed coffee mug and T-shirt, and will have the opportunity to take photos with real props used in the ’90s sitcom. Helen Murphy,, "Giants' Brandon Crawford, Joe Panik & Will Smith Recreate Friends Intro for Show's 25th Anniversary," 27 June 2019 But what many of us forget is that Anthropologie has a lot more than just ceramic mugs and duvets. Eliza Huber,, "Get Up To 70% Off At Anthropologie’s Summer Tag Sale," 20 June 2019 The first 25 customers to purchase a dozen or more cream puffs will get a free tote bag and a choice of a Bear Papa's mug or t-shirt. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Beard Papa’s cream puffs bakery to open in Houston Chinatown June 22," 17 June 2019

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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 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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