\ 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


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


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

Other Words from mug


mugful \ ˈməg-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce mug (audio) \ noun

Verb (2)

muggee \ ˌmə-​ˈgē How to pronounce mug (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 story ends with a mug of Bovril, which is Frank’s madeleine, so to speak, calling up vivid scenes from the past. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022 Curling up with a mug of hot cocoa is a relaxing way to end the evening, but sloshing the chocolatey liquid down your shirt or across the carpet can quickly put a damper on the cozy vibe. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Dec. 2021 Predator teeth drag below the nose topped off with a full pageant mug. Joey Nolfi,, 3 Dec. 2021 One morning in March, Josh climbed into his new Jeep with a mug of coffee and drove to his family’s appliance repair store in Redding. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Nov. 2021 With the weather dipping into cooler temperatures, everyone is springing for ways to stay warm, whether that means slipping into fluffy slippers or curling up under a fleece blanket with a mug of hot chocolate. Amy Schulman,, 20 Oct. 2021 The official mug is not a boot and people take to the market’s Facebook page to complain. Kori Rumore,, 18 Nov. 2021 Don't forget to include the hot chocolate bomb instructions for making the final mug. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Nov. 2021 To some, that means verbal torture, talking up the smack, giving utterance to the moment, whether its straight into the mug of an opponent, a referee, or anybody else. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of mug


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


origin unknown

Verb (2)

probably from earlier mug to strike in the face, perhaps from mug entry 1

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Last Updated

19 Jan 2022

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English Language Learners Definition of mug

: a large drinking cup with a handle
: the liquid that is contained in a mug
: the face or mouth of a person


\ ˈməg How to pronounce mug (audio) \

Kids Definition of mug

: a large drinking cup with a handle


transitive verb
mugged; mugging

Legal Definition of mug

: to assault (an individual) usually with intent to rob

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