American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A heavy cylindrical drinking cup usually having a handle.
- n. The amount that such a cup can hold.
- n. Informal The human face.
- n. Informal The area of the human mouth, chin, and jaw.
- n. Informal A grimace.
- n. Informal A mug shot.
- n. A thug; a hoodlum.
- n. Chiefly British Slang A victim or dupe.
- v. Informal To photograph (a person's face) for police files.
- v. To threaten or assault (a person) with the intent to rob: arrested the thief who mugged the tourists.
- v. To make exaggerated facial expressions, especially for humorous effect: The partygoers mugged for the camera.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A. fog; a mist.
- n. A small cylindrical drinking-vessel, commonly with a handle; a small jug.
- n. The contents of a mug; as much as a mug will hold: as, a mug of milk and water.
- n. The mouth or face.
- n. A. grimace.
- To distort the face; make grimaces.
- To cram for an examination.
- n. Same as green gram (which see, under gram).
- adj. archaic Easily fooled, gullible.
- n. A large cup for hot liquids, usually having a handle and used without a saucer.
- n. slang The face, often used deprecatingly.
- n. slang, vulgar A gullible, ignorant or easily-cheated person.
- v. transitive To assault for the purpose of robbery.
- v. intransitive To exaggerate a facial expression for communicative emphasis; to make a face, to pose for photographs in an exaggerated or affected manner.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of ceramic or metal drinking cup, with a handle, -- usually cylindrical and without a lip.
- n. Slang The face or mouth; ; -- often used contemptuously.
- v. 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.
- n. the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)
- n. a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
- n. with handle and usually cylindrical
- n. the quantity that can be held in a mug
- v. rob at gunpoint or with the threat of violence
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- Perhaps of Scandinavian origin.Probably from mug1 (possibly in allusion to mugs decorated with grotesque faces). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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