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 possibility of learning in pajamas with a mug of hot cocoa has been a reality for Minneapolis students since distance learning began at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring. Mara Klecker, Star Tribune, "No more snow days for Minneapolis students," 18 Nov. 2020 If some of the balm comes on your coffee mug, just apply some more. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "Power Pick: This $9 Lipstick Makes Me Feel Powerful," 16 Nov. 2020 His mug was round and knobbly; his mouth was wide and fully occupied, with booze going in and a gurgle of words flowing out. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Mank” and the Making of “Citizen Kane”," 13 Nov. 2020 How about wrapping yourself in a plush throw, switching on a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie and cupping your hands around a piping-hot mug of tea? Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, "30 amazing Advent calendars that make December so much merrier," 10 Nov. 2020 And short of that, enjoying a whole mug of coffee before opening social media. Anna Borges, SELF, "7 Half-Assed But Effective Ways I’m Practicing Self-Care on Election Night," 1 Nov. 2020 The ugly ones would look great hot in a mug with vanilla ice cream before catching the express train to Tummy Town. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "A pumpkin spice celebration for cheesecake lovers," 27 Oct. 2020 The ugly ones would look great hot in a mug with vanilla ice cream before catching the express train to Tummy Town. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "A pumpkin spice holiday celebration for cheesecake lovers," 21 Oct. 2020 Wrap your hands around a warm mug of herbal tea, inhale the calming vapors, and take a sip. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "How to Stay Calm in Stressful Situations," 6 Apr. 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

26 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mug. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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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