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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


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noun (2)

: one who attacks with intent to rob


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noun (3)

: one that grimaces especially before an audience

Examples of mugger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Christopher Cheeks, a 32-year-old rapper known as Chris King, died with a gunshot wound after encountering a group of muggers along Hayes Street, police said. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 23 Apr. 2024 Tecun pulled away the phone that was wrapped in a jacket in the mugger’s hands. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2024 Many of us, especially property owners, feel as though we’ve been mugged, although that isn’t fair to muggers. WSJ, 7 Dec. 2023 The first is a mugger that Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) and Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) chase down in the opening flashback sequence. Nick Romano,, 16 June 2023 The mugger fled with Tran’s backpack., 7 Aug. 2021 Dead streets are a mugger’s ideal. Kyle Smith, National Review, 24 Mar. 2021 Indeed, the mugger's situation is a more direct cause of his behaviour than a brain tumour. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 9 Nov. 2010 Conversely, there isn't a Jersey driver alive who does not feel that any car bearing a New York plate should be avoided like the plague since it is being driven by a thug and a mugger at the very least. Jean Shepherd, Car and Driver, 18 Dec. 2022

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Word History


Noun (1)

Hindi & Urdu magar, from Sanskrit makara water monster

Noun (2)

mug entry 3

Noun (3)

mug entry 2

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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“Mugger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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