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mug

noun \ ˈməg \
Updated on: 21 May 2018

Definition of mug

1 : a cylindrical drinking cup
2 a : the face or mouth of a person
b : grimace
c : mug shot
3 a chiefly British
(1) : fool, blockhead
(2) : a person easily deceived
b : punk, thug

mugful

noun

Examples of mug in a Sentence

  1. a collection of coffee mugs

  2. He drank a mug of coffee.

  3. They're taking you for a mug.

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Origin and Etymology of mug

origin unknown

mug Synonyms

Synonyms

face, frown, grimace, lower (also lour), mouth, pout, scowl;

Near Antonyms

grin, laugh, smile;


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mug

verb

Definition of mug

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

First Known Use of mug

1855

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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mug

verb

Definition of mug

mugged; mugging
1 : to assault usually with intent to rob
2 : to attack suddenly
  • got mugged in the press by his colleagues

muggee

play \ˌmə-ˈgē\ noun

Origin and Etymology of mug

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



MUG Defined for English Language Learners

mug

Definition of mug for English Language Learners

  • : a large drinking cup with a handle

  • : the liquid that is contained in a mug

  • : the face or mouth of a person


MUG Defined for Kids

mug

noun \ ˈməg \

Definition of mug for Students

: a large drinking cup with a handle

Law Dictionary

mug

transitive verb

legal Definition of mug

mugged; mugging
: to assault (an individual) usually with intent to rob


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