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
3a chiefly British
(2) : a person easily deceived
b : punk, thug
mugged; mugging

Definition of mug (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to pose or make faces especially to attract attention or for a camera
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

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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 The new assortment will include casserole dishes, bowls, mugs, and more starting at just $8. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "CorningWare Just Re-Launched Their Iconic Cornflower Pattern in These Stores," 9 Aug. 2018 Downtown shops are well-supplied with T-shirts, coffee mugs, moon artwork and moon landing memorabilia to sell in the coming days. Dan Sewell, Twin Cities, "Hometown of first man on the moon ready to launch 50th celebration," 13 July 2019 Downtown shops are well-supplied with T-shirts, coffee mugs, moon artwork and moon landing memorabilia to sell in the coming days. Washington Post, "Hometown of first on moon ready to launch 50th celebration," 6 July 2019 Is the point really just to find whatever is the best way, electoral or legislative, to lock Trump up, yielding an emotionally satisfying mug shot of him and elegant photos of Melania sitting behind the defendants’ table? Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Debate About the Best Way to Get Donald Trump Out of Office," 6 June 2019 The mug really does seem to be red: its redness seems as real as its roundness and its solidity. Anil K. Seth, Scientific American, "The Neuroscience of Reality," 27 Aug. 2019 Others joked that the rogue mug belonged to Daenerys (although she's seen clutching her own cup at her seat). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Rogue Coffee Cup in Game of Thrones Has Been Edited Out," 7 May 2019 Stands hawk the tacky gilded coffee mugs of the sort produced for royal weddings. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "No Exit," 10 Apr. 2019 Up a caffeinated river Start Sunday morning with a slug from the mug — and then a paddle down the river. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Things to do in Milwaukee this weekend: 'Star Wars' with the symphony, Shakespeare in the park," 5 July 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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5 Nov 2019

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The first known use of mug was in 1664

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More Definitions for mug

mug

noun
How to pronounce mug (audio)

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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