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mug 1

1. A heavy cylindrical drinking cup usually having a handle.
2. The amount that such a cup can hold.

[Perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]

mug 2

1. Informal
a. The human face.
b. The area of the human mouth, chin, and jaw.
c. A grimace.
d. A mug shot.
2. A thug; a hoodlum.
3. Chiefly British Slang A victim or dupe.
v. mugged, mug·ging, mugs
1. Informal To photograph (a person's face) for police files.
2. To threaten or assault (a person) with the intent to rob: arrested the thief who mugged the tourists.
To make exaggerated facial expressions, especially for humorous effect: The partygoers mugged for the camera.

[Probably from mug (possibly in allusion to mugs decorated with grotesque faces).]
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1. (Ceramics) a drinking vessel with a handle, usually cylindrical and made of earthenware
2. (Ceramics) Also called: mugful the quantity held by a mug or its contents
[C16: probably from Scandinavian; compare Swedish mugg]


1. slang a person's face or mouth: get your ugly mug out of here!.
2. slang a grimace
3. slang Brit a gullible person, esp one who is swindled easily
4. a mug's game a worthless activity
vb, mugs, mugging or mugged
5. (Law) (tr) informal to attack or rob (someone) violently
6. (intr) slang Brit to pull faces or overact, esp in front of a camera
[C18: perhaps from mug1, since drinking vessels were sometimes modelled into the likeness of a face]
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n., v. mugged, mug•ging. n.
1. a cylindrical drinking cup with a handle.
2. the quantity it holds.
3. Slang.
a. a person's face or mouth.
c. thug; ruffian.
4. Brit. Slang. a gullible person; dupe.
5. to assault or menace, usu. with intent to rob.
6. to photograph (a suspect or criminal).
7. to exaggerate facial expressions; grimace.
[1560–70; probably < Scandinavian]
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1. 'cup'

A cup is a small, round container, usually with a handle, from which you drink hot drinks such as tea and coffee. When you are not holding a cup, you usually rest it on a saucer.

John put his cup and saucer on the coffee table.

A cup is also a unit of measurement used in cooking.

Mix four cups of flour with a pinch of salt.
2. 'glass'

A glass is a container made out of glass and used for cold drinks.

I put down my glass and stood up.
He poured Ellen a glass of juice.
3. 'mug'

A mug is a large deep cup with straight sides and a handle, used for hot drinks. You don't rest a mug on a saucer.

He spooned instant coffee into two of the mugs.
4. containers and contents

You can use cup, glass, and mug to talk about either the containers or their contents.

I dropped the cup and it broke.
Drink eight glasses of water a day.
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Past participle: mugged
Gerund: mugging

I mug
you mug
he/she/it mugs
we mug
you mug
they mug
I mugged
you mugged
he/she/it mugged
we mugged
you mugged
they mugged
Present Continuous
I am mugging
you are mugging
he/she/it is mugging
we are mugging
you are mugging
they are mugging
Present Perfect
I have mugged
you have mugged
he/she/it has mugged
we have mugged
you have mugged
they have mugged
Past Continuous
I was mugging
you were mugging
he/she/it was mugging
we were mugging
you were mugging
they were mugging
Past Perfect
I had mugged
you had mugged
he/she/it had mugged
we had mugged
you had mugged
they had mugged
I will mug
you will mug
he/she/it will mug
we will mug
you will mug
they will mug
Future Perfect
I will have mugged
you will have mugged
he/she/it will have mugged
we will have mugged
you will have mugged
they will have mugged
Future Continuous
I will be mugging
you will be mugging
he/she/it will be mugging
we will be mugging
you will be mugging
they will be mugging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been mugging
you have been mugging
he/she/it has been mugging
we have been mugging
you have been mugging
they have been mugging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been mugging
you will have been mugging
he/she/it will have been mugging
we will have been mugging
you will have been mugging
they will have been mugging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been mugging
you had been mugging
he/she/it had been mugging
we had been mugging
you had been mugging
they had been mugging
I would mug
you would mug
he/she/it would mug
we would mug
you would mug
they would mug
Past Conditional
I would have mugged
you would have mugged
he/she/it would have mugged
we would have mugged
you would have mugged
they would have mugged
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mug - the quantity that can be held in a mugmug - the quantity that can be held in a mug
containerful - the quantity that a container will hold
2.mug - a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage ofmug - a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
dupe, victim - a person who is tricked or swindled
3.mug - the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)mug - the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)
human head - the head of a human being
face, human face - the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear; "he washed his face"; "I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news"
pudding face, pudding-face - a large fat human face
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
4.mug - with handle and usually cylindrical
beer mug, stein - a mug intended for serving beer
coffee mug - a mug intended for serving coffee
drinking vessel - a vessel intended for drinking
handgrip, handle, grip, hold - the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"
toby, toby fillpot jug, toby jug - a drinking mug in the shape of a stout man wearing a three-cornered hat
Verb1.mug - rob at gunpoint or with the threat of violence; "I was mugged in the streets of New York last night"
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
stick up, hold up - rob at gunpoint or by means of some other threat
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


noun cup, pot, jug, beaker, tankard, stein, flagon, toby jug He had been drinking mugs of coffee to keep himself awake.


noun (Informal)
1. face, features, countenance, visage, clock (Brit. slang), kisser (slang), dial (slang), mush (Brit. slang), puss (slang), phiz or phizog (Brit. slang) He managed to get his ugly mug on telly.
2. fool, innocent, sucker (slang), charlie (Brit. informal), gull (archaic), chump (informal), simpleton, putz (U.S. slang), weenie (U.S. informal), muggins (Brit. slang), easy or soft touch (slang) I feel such a mug for signing the agreement.


verb attack, assault, beat up, rob, steam (informal), hold up, do over (Brit., Austral., & N.Z. slang), work over (slang), assail, lay into (informal), put the boot in (slang), duff up (Brit. slang), set about or upon I was getting into my car when this guy tried to mug me.
mug up (on) something study, cram (informal), bone up on (informal), swot up on (Brit. informal), get up (informal) It's advisable to mug up on your Spanish before you go.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002


1. Informal. The front surface of the head:
countenance, face, feature (often used in plural), muzzle, visage.
Slang: kisser, map, pan, puss.
2. Informal. A facial contortion indicating displeasure, disgust, or pain:
3. A rough, violent person who engages in destructive actions:
Informal: toughie.
Slang: hood, punk.
4. Chiefly British. A person who is easily deceived or victimized:
Informal: sucker.
To contort one's face to indicate displeasure, disgust, or pain, for example:
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
mukipahoinpidellä ja ryöstää jokuryöstää
kanna, krúsráîast á og rænasmetti
ģīmiskrūze, krūkapurnsuzbrukt un aplaupīt
façakulplu fincankupasaldırıp soymaksaldırmak
chén vạicướp


A. N
1. (= cup) → tazón m (más alto que ancho)
do you want a cup or a mug?¿quieres una taza normal o una taza grande?
2. (= glass) → jarra f
a beer muguna jarra de or para cerveza
3. (= dupe) → bobo/a m/f, primo/a m/f
what a mug I've been!¡mira que he sido bobo!
smoking is a mug's gamefumar es cosa de bobos
4. (= face) → jeta f, careto m (Sp)
what a mug she's got!¡qué jeta tiene!
B. VT (= attack and rob) → atracar, asaltar
he was mugged in the city centrelo atracaron en el centro de la ciudad
C. CPD mug shot Nfotografía f para las fichas
mug up VT + ADV
1. (Brit) (also mug up on) → empollar
2. to mug it up (US) (= grimace) → gesticular, hacer muecas (Theat) → actuar exagerando
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


(= cup) → tasse f (sans soucoupe)
Do you want a cup or a mug? → Est-ce que vous voulez une tasse normale ou une grande tasse?
(for beer)chope f beer mug
(= face) → bouille f
(= fool) → poire f
it's a mug's game (British)c'est bon pour les imbéciles
(= assault) → agresser
He was mugged in the city centre → Il s'est fait agresser au centre ville.
mug up
vt sep (British) (= brush up) → rafraîchir mug up on vt fus (British) (= brush up) → rafraîchir
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


(= cup)Becher m; (for beer) → Krug m
(esp Brit inf: = dupe) → Trottel m (inf); have you found some mug to do it?hast du einen Dummen dafür gefunden? (inf); I was left looking a real mugich stand dann blöd da (inf); don’t be such a mugsei doch nicht so blöd (inf); to take somebody for a mugjdn für blöd halten (inf); that’s a mug’s gamedas ist doch schwachsinnig
(inf: = face) → Visage f (inf)
(= attack and rob)überfallen
(US sl: = photograph) → fotografieren
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


1. n
a. (cup) → tazzone m; (for beer) → boccale m
b. (Brit) (fam) (fool) → salame m, scemo/a
it's a mug's game → è proprio (una cosa) da fessi
c. (fam) (face) → muso
2. vt (attack and rob) → aggredire, assalire
mug up vt + adv (Brit) (fam) (also mug up on) → studiare bene
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(mag) noun
a type of cup with usually tall, more or less vertical sides. a mug of coffee.
ˈmugful noun
two mugfuls of coffee.


(mag) noun
a slang word for the face.


(mag) past tense, past participle mugged verb
to attack and usually rob. He was mugged when coming home late at night.
ˈmugger noun
a person who attacks others in this way.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


كُوزٌ, يُهَاجِمُ بِقَصْدِ الْسَرِقَة hrnek, přepadnout krus, overfalde Becher, überfallen κούπα, ληστεύω asaltar, atracar, jarro, taza muki, pahoinpidellä ja ryöstää joku agresser, tasse orobiti, šalica assalire, tazza マグ, 襲って強奪する 머그, 습격하다 beroven, mok krus, rane kufel, wykuć assaltar, caneca грабить, кружка mugg, råna ถ้วยใหญ่มีหู, ทำร้ายเพื่อชิงทรัพย์ kupa, saldırmak chén vại, cướp 抢劫, 杯子
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"Dere was a mug come in deh place deh odder day wid an idear he wus goin' teh own deh place!
During the halt Tess's eyes fell upon a three-pint blue mug, which was ascending and descending through the air to and from the feminine section of a household, sitting on the summit of a load that had also drawn up at a little distance from the same inn.
"Thank ye kindly, ma'am, I could sup up another mug of it."
'This is twopenn'orth of milk, is it, waiter?' said Mr Squeers, looking down into a large blue mug, and slanting it gently, so as to get an accurate view of the quantity of liquid contained in it.
I was told that the last beer king elected by the corps--or by his own capabilities--emptied his mug seventy-five times.
He then demanded his billets, together with a mug of beer, and complaining it was cold, spread himself before the kitchen fire.
But get some supper and a mug of beer, for I am sure you must be tired.
"His health!" said Smilash, touching the mug with his lips.
We laughed at you, Griffiths and me, we laughed because you was such a mug. A mug!
"Not quite empty, mummy," Slightly said, after looking into an imaginary mug.
From this walk a passage called Bunting's Thumb, because it is that length, leads into Picnic Street, where there are real kettles, and chestnut-blossom falls into your mug as you are drinking.
"How he's grinning, the fat mug! Is that what you're here for?