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

Decorate a coffee mug, treat him to a homemade dinner or make his favorite snack. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Plenty of bad ideas and a few good ones for Hail to the Patriarch Day," 14 June 2019 Save 15% off Mother's Day cards, pillows, mugs, and more. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Mother's Day Deals of 2019 Are Happening Now," 3 Apr. 2019 The licensed merchandise included mugs, bags, toys and bedding with branding for FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Juventus, Inter Milan, AS Roma and the French Football Federation. Rachel Siegel, The Seattle Times, "Nike fined $14 million by European Union regulators over antitrust violation," 25 Mar. 2019 Pick up a handsome mug for just $11 (small) or $14 (large) or outfit the whole family in Ars T-shirts for $18 each. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, "Cyber Monday: New Ars mugs, shirts, and hoodies—and they’re all on sale!," 26 Nov. 2018 Plush robes, jewelry boxes, and bath salts abound, plus coffee mugs peppered with sentimental sayings and delicate brass picture frames. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines' Newest Target Collection Has the Most Perfect Mother's Day Gifts," 28 Apr. 2019 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

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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
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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