Pronunciation Adjective

mug (comparative mugger, superlative muggest)

  1. (archaic) Easily fooled, gullible.
    • 1920, Herman Cyril McNeile, Bulldog Drummond Chapter 1
      "Great heavens! Is it?" Drummond helped himself to marmalade. "And to think that I once pictured myself skewering Huns with it. Do you think anybody would be mug enough to buy it, James?"

mug (plural mugs)

  1. A large cup for hot liquids, usually having a handle and used without a saucer.
  2. (slang) The face, often used deprecatingly.
    What an ugly mug.
  3. (slang, derogatory) A gullible or easily-cheated person.
    He's a gullible mug – he believed her again.
  4. (UK, Australia, derogatory, slang) A stupid or contemptible person.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Verb

mug (mugs, present participle mugging; past and past participle mugged)

  1. (transitive, obsolete, UK) To strike in the face.
    • 1821, The Fancy, i. p.261:
      Madgbury showed game, drove Abbot in a corner, but got well Mugg'd.
    • 1857, "The Leary Man", in Anglicus Ducange, The Vulgar Tongue
      And if you come to fibbery, You must Mug one or two,
    • 1866, London Miscellany, 5 May, p.102:
      "Suppose they had Mugged you?" / "Done what to me?" / "Mugged you. Slogged you, you know."
  2. (transitive) To assault for the purpose of robbery.
  3. (intransitive) To exaggerate a facial expression for communicative emphasis; to make a face, to pose, as for photographs or in a performance, in an exaggerated or affected manner.
    The children weren't interested in sitting still for a serious photo; they mugged for the camera.
  4. (transitive) To photograph for identification; to take a mug shot.
    • 1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart; Avery Hopwood, chapter I, in The Bat: A Novel from the Play (Dell Book; 241), New York, N.Y.: Dell Publishing Company, OCLC 20230794 ↗, [;view=1up;seq=5 page 01]:
      The Bat—they called him the Bat. […]. He'd never been in stir, the bulls had never mugged him, he didn't run with a mob, he played a lone hand, and fenced his stuff so that even the fence couldn't swear he knew his face.
  5. (UK, Australia, slang) To learn or review a subject as much as possible in a short time; cram.
Translations Translations
  • French: faire des simagrées

mug (plural mugs)

  1. (slang, AAVE) Motherfucker (usually in similes, e.g. "like a mug" or "as a mug")

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