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
b : grimace
c : mug shot

3a chiefly British

(1) : fool, blockhead
(2) : a person easily deceived
b : punk, thug

mug

verb (1)
mugged; mugging

Definition of mug (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

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

mug

verb (2)
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

cup

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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 awareness was reflected in pins, patches, buttons, T-shirts, hats, mugs and matchbooks. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "Apollo 11 moon landing influenced toys, jewelry and later movies," 22 June 2019 Names above each mug identify their owners, which include regulars and the brewery’s investors. Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi, National Geographic, "Have a beer at one of Europe's highest breweries," 19 June 2019 Reusable mugs will make your mornings way more sustainable Think about your daily cup of coffee or tea. Leah Asmelash And Michelle Lou, CNN, "Canada and Oregon have banned single-use plastics. Here's how you can too," 12 June 2019 There’s a new Merchandise integration that has gone live today, which also lets creators make shirts, mugs, and other items from Teespring and have their items advertised on a shelf below their video. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "YouTube will now let creators play prerecorded videos during live streams," 21 June 2018 Chemex 8 Cup Pourover Coffee Maker $46, Chemex Buy Now The best looking coffee maker on the planet. World's Best Dad mug not included. Michael Williams, GQ, "These Are the New Dad Status Symbols to Buy This Father’s Day," 13 June 2018 Decorate a coffee mug, treat him to a homemade dinner or make his favorite snack. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Plenty of bad ideas and a few good ones for Hail to the Patriarch Day," 14 June 2019 Save 15% off Mother's Day cards, pillows, mugs, and more. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Mother's Day Deals of 2019 Are Happening Now," 3 Apr. 2019 The licensed merchandise included mugs, bags, toys and bedding with branding for FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Juventus, Inter Milan, AS Roma and the French Football Federation. Rachel Siegel, The Seattle Times, "Nike fined $14 million by European Union regulators over antitrust violation," 25 Mar. 2019

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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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The first known use of mug was in 1664

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More Definitions for mug

mug

noun

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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