mugger

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noun (1)

mug·​ger ˈmə-gər How to pronounce mugger (audio)
: a usually harmless freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus palustris) of the Indian subcontinent with a broad heavy snout

mugger

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noun (2)

: one who attacks with intent to rob

mugger

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noun (3)

: one that grimaces especially before an audience

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Hindi & Urdu magar, from Sanskrit makara water monster

Noun (2)

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Noun (3)

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First Known Use

Noun (1)

1844, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1863, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mugger was in 1844

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Cite this Entry

“Mugger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mugger. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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