mug

Mug is a funny word that could represent a cup, your face, or even what you do when you rob someone. And, if you mug someone for their mug, you may end up getting a mug shot taken of your guilty face. Confusing? Read on.

A mug is an informal vessel for drinking coffee or tea, as opposed to a china tea cup or a demitasse espresso cup, for example. Informally, a mug is a face: that's why a mug shot of a prisoner is a picture of his face right after he has been arrested. When it's a verb, mug means "rob someone while threatening violence." This meaning came from an earlier definition, "to strike someone in the face (or the mug)."

Primary Meanings of mug

1.
n
with handle and usually cylindrical
2.
vn
rob at gunpoint or with the threat of violence
a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
3.
n
the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)
Full Definitions of mug
1

n with handle and usually cylindrical

Types:
beer mug, stein
a mug intended for serving beer
coffee mug
a mug intended for serving coffee
toby, toby fillpot jug, toby jug
a drinking mug in the shape of a stout man wearing a three-cornered hat
Type of:
drinking vessel
a vessel intended for drinking

n the quantity that can be held in a mug

Synonyms:
mugful
Type of:
containerful
the quantity that a container will hold
2

v rob at gunpoint or with the threat of violence

“I was mugged in the streets of New York last night”
Type of:
hold up, stick up
rob at gunpoint or by means of some other threat

n a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of

Synonyms:
chump, fall guy, fool, gull, mark, patsy, soft touch, sucker
Type of:
dupe, victim
a person who is tricked or swindled
3

n the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)

Synonyms:
countenance, kisser, phiz, physiognomy, smiler, visage
Types:
pudding face, pudding-face
a large fat human face
Type of:
face, human face
the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear

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