noun (1)
mug·​ger | \ ˈmə-gər How to pronounce mugger (audio) \

Definition of mugger

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a usually harmless freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus palustris) of the Indian subcontinent with a broad heavy snout


noun (2)

Definition of mugger (Entry 2 of 3)

: one who attacks with intent to rob


noun (3)

Definition of mugger (Entry 3 of 3)

: one that grimaces especially before an audience

First Known Use of mugger

Noun (1)

1844, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1863, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mugger

Noun (1)

Hindi & Urdu magar, from Sanskrit makara water monster

Noun (2)

mug entry 3

Noun (3)

mug entry 2

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“Mugger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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