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 mugful (audio) \ noun

Verb (2)

muggee \ ˌmə-​ˈgē How to pronounce muggee (audio) \ 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

Local law enforcement agencies would still be allowed to release mug shots. Chris Carola, The Seattle Times, "Manhattan tolls, plastic bag ban poised for approval in NY," 30 Mar. 2019 The Cauldryn Coffee travel mug does just that, keeping your tea and coffee at the ideal temperature all day. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Your Tea Will Never Go Cold Again With This Smart Travel Mug," 11 Feb. 2019 In fact, many travel mugs have removable seals to trap in heat or cold — and if they aren't properly cleaned and dried, these seals also trap moisture. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "There's Mold Hiding in Your Travel Tumbler Lid — Here's Exactly How to Clean It Before You Get Sick," 26 Jan. 2019 The same map is also laser etched onto a clutch, flask, passport wallet and travel mug. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Sconnie' capitalism: Milwaukee brands make all the hometown gear you could ever want," 20 Feb. 2018 Workers were offered free SpaceX mugs for completing their review, said the person. Andrea Fuller, WSJ, "How Companies Secretly Boost Their Glassdoor Ratings," 22 Jan. 2019 The set includes a 2.8-liter pot, two bowls, and two mugs. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "Why I Love Collapsible Camping Gear," 18 June 2018 In the photos, Kendall holds a blue mug, presumably (or, at least for Kendall's sake, hopefully) full of a steaming hot beverage. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Kardashian-Jenner Sisters Are Taking Turns Posing *Almost* Naked in the Snow," 31 Dec. 2018 The Royal Mint made the couple an official commemorative coin, and there are plenty of souvenir tea towels, mugs, tea cups, keychains and more on the market. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Getting Two Commemorative Stamps in Honor of Their Wedding," 17 May 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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mug

noun

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

mug

noun
\ 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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