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



    BrE BrE//mʌɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mʌɡ//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mug
    BrE BrE//mʌɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mʌɡ//
    he / she / it mugs
    BrE BrE//mʌɡz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mʌɡz//
    past simple mugged
    BrE BrE//mʌɡd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mʌɡd//
    past participle mugged
    BrE BrE//mʌɡd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mʌɡd//
    -ing form mugging
    BrE BrE//ˈmʌɡɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌɡɪŋ//
    Committing crime
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  1. 1[transitive] mug somebody to attack somebody violently in order to steal their money, especially in a public place She had been mugged in the street in broad daylight. See related entries: Committing crime
  2. 2[intransitive] mug (for somebody/something) (informal, especially North American English) to make silly expressions with your face or behave in a silly, exaggerated way, especially on the stage or before a camera to mug for the cameras More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet.
  3. Word Originverb 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’.

    mug something up, mug up on something.

    mid 19th cent.: of unknown origin.
    Extra examples Many elderly people will not go out for fear of getting mugged. She was mugged in the street in broad daylight. Your chances of being mugged in Manhattan are lower than ever before.
    Phrasal Verbsmug somethingup
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