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 mug (audio) \ noun

Verb (2)

muggee \ ˌmə-​ˈgē How to pronounce mug (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 What hot chocolate bombs actually do: gracefully melt away beneath a waterfall of steamed milk; bubble out pillowy marshmallows, crunchy peppermint bark, and rainbow sprinkles; make a mug of hot cocoa mmm. Alexandra Polk, refinery29.com, "Hot Chocolate Bombs Exist & Here’s Where To Buy Them," 15 Jan. 2021 So let the stress wash over you and dissipate like the sweet steam off a fresh mug of hot chocolate. CNN Underscored, "Running out of time for holiday shopping? Sam’s Club has got you covered — safely," 19 Dec. 2020 Handmade by Bethany Kramer using stoneware pottery, each mug from this brand is unique and dishwasher and microwave safe. Shelby Comroe, Marie Claire, "Coast to Coast: 50 Women-Run Businesses in America to Shop This Holiday," 7 Dec. 2020 If using rum, add it to the empty mug before pouring in the chai, then stir. Star Tribune, "Recipes: Rum-Spiked Chai, Johnny Weir Mint Mocha, Mulled Bloody Mary, Bourbon-Spiked Cider," 13 Jan. 2021 Just combine ⅓ cup of boxed pancake mix with 3 tablespoons of water (or milk) and 1 tablespoon of melted butter into a large microwave-safe mug, and microwave on high for 60 seconds, or until cooked through. Kristy Alpert, Better Homes & Gardens, "8 Tips for Better Boxed Pancakes," 30 Dec. 2020 Another permanent desk piece: the Ember ceramic mug. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "Desk accessories to make your workday more productive, cheerful, and disaster-proof," 21 Dec. 2020 Yeti isn't asking for the whole mug -- the return form only asks customers to send the lid back. Giulia Heyward And Brian Ries, CNN, "Yeti recalls nearly 250,000 of its popular mugs over burning hazards linked to a faulty lid," 10 Nov. 2020 And beautiful culinary science experiments in your mug. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Beautiful hot chocolate orbs are the bomb — literally," 9 Dec. 2020

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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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Last Updated

24 Feb 2021

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“Mug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mug. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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