Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A drinking mug, usually in the shape of a stout man wearing a large three-cornered hat.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small jug usually representing in its form a stout old man with a three-cornered hat, the angles of which form spouts for pouring out the liquor contained in the vessel: it is frequently used as a mug.
  • noun A kind of cheap cigar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A small jug, pitcher, or mug, generally used for ale, shaped somewhat like a stout man, with a cocked hat forming the brim.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A drinking mug, in the shape of a human head with a hat atop.
  • noun UK (New Zealand) The valve that mediates the connection between a mains water-supply and a premises's own plumbing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a drinking mug in the shape of a stout man wearing a three-cornered hat

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Toby, a nickname for Tobias.]

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  • Does anyone know how long the definition of toby as a drinking mug has been around? It makes me wonder about Twelfth Night's Sir Toby Belch.

    November 30, 2010

  • I made the same comparison in a high-school essay and have ocasionally pondered it since, but your guess is as good as mine.

    From wikipedia: "Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is the most high-profile collector of toby jugs, with his collection said to be the largest in North America."

    November 30, 2010

  • Toby or not toby...

    November 30, 2010