Definition of mug noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//mʌɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mʌɡ//
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  1. 1a tall cup for drinking from, usually with straight sides and a handle, used without a saucer a coffee mug a beer mug (= a large glass with a handle)
  2. 2a mug and what it contains a mug of coffee
  3. 3(slang) a person’s face I never want to see his ugly mug again.
  4. 4(informal) a person who is stupid and easy to trick They made me look a complete mug. He's no mug. See related entries: Stupid
  5. Word Originnoun early 16th cent. (originally Scots and northern English, denoting an earthenware bowl): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Norwegian mugge, Swedish mugg ‘pitcher with a handle’.Extra examples He drank a mug of coffee and left. He poured a mug of tea. He ran his finger around the rim of the mug. Kyle got up and poured himself a mug of soup. She drained her mug and put it down. She filled her mug with orange juice. She poured hot water into the mug. She was sipping a mug of coffee. We drank champagne from tin mugs. We had to drink the champagne from mugs.Idioms (disapproving, especially British English) an activity that is unlikely to be successful or make a profit
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