- a drinking vessel with a handle, usually cylindrical and made of earthenware
- Also called: mugful the quantity held by a mug or its contents
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- a rounded drinking cup with a handle:a coffee mug.
- the amount it holds:spilled a mug of coffee on the papers.
- Slang Termsa person's face or mouth:Get your ugly mug out of here!
- to assault or attack, usually in order to rob:[~ + object]He was mugged in a dark street.
- Slang Terms to make faces:[no object]to mug for the camera.
mug•ging, n. [countable]a savage mugging on a dark and deserted street.[uncountable]a short prison term for mugging.
- a drinking cup, usually cylindrical in shape, having a handle, and often of a heavy substance, as earthenware.
- the quantity it holds.
- Slang Terms
- the face.
- the mouth.
- an exaggerated facial expression;
grimace, as in acting.
- a thug, ruffian, or other criminal.
- British Termsa gullible person;
- to assault or menace, esp. with the intention of robbery.
- Slang Termsto photograph (a person), esp. in compliance with an official or legal requirement.
- Slang Termsto grimace;
exaggerate a facial expression, as in acting.
- Scandinavian; compare Swedish mugg, Norwegian, Danish mugge drinking cup; sense "face'' apparently transferred from cups adorned with grotesque faces; sense "to assault'' from earlier pugilistic slang "to strike in the face, fight''
- probably 1560–70
- slang a person's face or mouth: get your ugly mug out of here!
- Brit slang a gullible person, esp one who is swindled easily
- a mug's game ⇒ a worthless activity
- (transitive) informal to attack or rob (someone) violently