Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"drinking vessel," 1560s, "bowl, pot, jug," of unknown origin, perhaps from Scandinavian (compare Swedish mugg "mug, jug," Norwegian mugge "pitcher, open can for warm drinks"), or Low German mokke, mukke "mug," also of unknown origin.
"a person's face," 1708, possibly from mug (n.1), on notion of drinking mugs shaped like grotesque faces. Sense of "portrait or photograph in police records (as in mug shot, 1950) had emerged by 1887. Hence, also, "a person" (especially "a criminal"), 1890.
"to beat up," 1818, originally "to strike the face" (in pugilism), from mug (n.2). The general meaning "attack" is first attested 1846, and "attack to rob" is from 1864. Perhaps influenced by thieves' slang mug "dupe, fool, sucker" (1851). Related: Mugged; mugging.
"make exaggerated facial expressions," 1855, originally theatrical slang, from mug (n.2). Related: Mugged; mugging.
(context archaic English) Easily fooled, gullible. n. 1 A large cup for hot liquids, usually having a handle and used without a saucer. 2 (context slang English) The face, often used deprecatingly. 3 (context slang vulgar English) A gullible or easily-cheated person. 4 (context UK slang English) A stupid or contemptible person. v
1 (lb en transitive obsolete UK) To strike in the face. 2 (lb en transitive) To assault for the purpose of robbery. 3 (lb en 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. 4 (lb en transitive) To photograph for identification; to take a mug shot.(R:COED2: page=1129/64) 5 Learn or review a subject as much as possible in a short time; cram.
MUG may refer to:
- Macintosh User Group
- Male Un-bifurcated Garment, a technical term for Men's skirts
- 4-methylumbelliferyl-beta-D-glucuronide, a substrate used in the GUS reporter system
- The MUMPS User Group
- Multi User Game, another term for Multiplayer game
- The Medical University of Gdańsk in Poland
- Double-stranded uracil-DNA glycosylase, an enzyme
n. the quantity that can be held in a mug [syn: mugful]
with handle and usually cylindrical
The Collaborative International Dictionary
mug \mug\ (m[u^]g), v. t. To take property from (a person) in a public place by threatening or committing violence on the person who is robbed; to rob, especially to rob by use of a weapon such as a knife or gun.
Syn: rob, stick up
Usage examples of "mug".
Gathering up the dishes, Alec carried them away and returned with a mug of water and a bit of bread.
Dressed in gaudy tatters and besmudged with dirt, Alec watched gleefully as Seregil juggled, walked ropes, and mugged for the crowd.
Jenna got back, Mac Ard was sitting at the table with a plate of boiled potatoes, mutton, and bread, and a mug of tea in front of him.
Mac Ard was leaning toward Maeve, his arms on the table, his hands curled around a mug of the ale, and her mam was talking.
He sipped from a tin mug of arrack while Sharpe negotiated the muslin screen and then stood to attention beneath the ridge pole.
They ate them sitting on a low wall nearby, drinking from mugs of a dark, bitterish brew tolerably close to coffee, and watching the life in the street pass by.
He declared that he could swallow a bowl of punch and two mugs of bumbo without any difficulty whatever, and told a long tale of how, being in Wapping, he had a fierce toothache and could find no one but a woman to pull the rogue, which she did with so muscular an arm that he thought she must be a man in disguise, until inquiring further he found that she was a woman indeed.
The caffe and brandy came immediately, served by Father Art in a large mug.
Mykel cradled the mug in his hands under his chin and let the warm cidery air rising from tthe mug wreath his face for a moment.
Sitting beside it was a mug whose bottom was coated with a brown layer of coagulated coffee.
Burr sat hunched over the table in the cook shack, his stomach empty and grumbling, his hands circling the mug of hot coffee while he waited for Codger to cook the refried beans and eggs.
Forget consciously, but the terror of the mugging will remain in your unconscious, just as will the terror of the assault on your cognate will remain in her unconscious.
Farder Coram from behind her, and then he was kneeling to slip a piece of card under the mug.
She turned and poured herself a cup of decaf and loaded non fat creamer into her mug before sitting at the round table.
Kerrie set three mugs on a tray beside the gurgling coffeemaker, then grabbed the creamer and sugar bowl and started toward him.