Mug definition

mŭg
To assault usually with intent to rob.
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Mug is defined as to attack someone, particularly to rob him or her, or is slang for making faces in front of the camera.

An example of mug is to steal a person's wallet.

An example of mug is for a little boy to make a scary face while his mom is taking his picture.

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To make exaggerated facial expressions, especially for humorous effect.

The partygoers mugged for the camera.

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The mouth.
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(slang) To photograph; esp., to photograph (a person under arrest) for police records.
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The definition of a mug is a heavy drinking cup that usually has a handle, or a slang term for the face or mouth.

An example of a mug is a cup for drinking coffee.

An example of a mug is a frown.

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A heavy cylindrical drinking cup usually having a handle.
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The amount that such a cup can hold.
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A thug; a hoodlum.
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(chiefly british slang) A victim or dupe.
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The human face.
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The area of the human mouth, chin, and jaw.
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A grimace.
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A mug shot.
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(informal) To photograph (a person's face) for police files.
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To threaten or assault (a person) with the intent to rob.

Arrested the thief who mugged the tourists.

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As much as a mug will hold.
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The face.
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A grimace.
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A rough, ugly person; ruffian, thug, etc.
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A fool or dupe; sucker.
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To assault a person, usually with intent to rob.
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To make a grimace.
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(theater) To overact by exaggerated facial expressions.
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(brit., slang) To study hard and hurriedly, as in preparation for an examination; cram.
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(Macintosh User Group) There are many Macintosh user groups throughout the world. For helpful information and many resources, visit www.mugcenter.com. See user group.
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(archaic) Easily fooled, gullible.
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A large cup for hot liquids, usually having a handle and used without a saucer.
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(slang) The face, often used deprecatingly.

What an ugly mug.

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(slang, vulgar) A gullible or easily-cheated person.

He's a gullible mug - he believed her again.

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(UK, slang) A stupid or contemptible person.
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1857, "The Leary Man", in Anglicus Ducange, The Vulgar Tongue.

And if you come to fibbery, You must Mug one or two,

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1866, London Miscellany, 5 May, p. 102

"Suppose they had Mugged you?" / "Done what to me?" / "Mugged you. Slogged you, you know."

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To assault for the purpose of robbery.
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(intransitive) To exaggerate a facial expression for communicative emphasis; to make a face, to pose, as for photographs or in a performance, in an exaggerated or affected manner.

The children weren't interested in sitting still for a serious photo; they mugged for the camera.

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A heavy drinking cup of earthenware or metal, having a handle.
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mug's game
  • an undertaking regarded as foolish, pointless, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
mug
Plural:
mugs

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of mug

  • Probably from mug (possibly in allusion to mugs decorated with grotesque faces)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps of Scandinavian origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 1560s ("bowl, pot, jug"), of unknown origin, perhaps from North Germanic (compare Swedish mugg (“mug, jug"), Norwegian mugge (“pitcher, open can for warm drinks"), Danish mugge), or Low German mokke, mukke (“mug"), also of unknown origin. "Face" sense possibly from grotesque faces on certain drinking vessels. "Assault" sense of verb possibly from hitting someone in the face.

    From Wiktionary