mug

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Etymology[edit]

1560s ("bowl, pot, jug"), of unknown origin, perhaps from North Germanic (compare Swedish mugg (mug, jug), Norwegian mugge (pitcher, open can for warm drinks), Danish mugge), or Low German mokke, mukke (mug), also of unknown origin. "Face" sense possibly from grotesque faces on certain drinking vessels. "Assault" sense of verb possibly from hitting someone in the face.

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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?"

Noun[edit]

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, vulgar) A gullible or easily-cheated person.
    He’s a gullible mug – he believed her again.
  4. (UK, slang) A stupid or contemptible person.

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(face):

(gullible person):

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Verb[edit]

mug (third-person singular simple present mugs, present participle mugging, simple 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.

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References[edit]

  • mug” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  • mug at OneLook Dictionary Search

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Albanian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Albanian *smuga, cognate to Old English smoca (smoke), Old Irish múch (id), Armenian մուխ (mux)[1].

Noun[edit]

mug m (indefinite plural mugje, definite singular mugu, definite plural mugjet)

  1. dusk, twilight
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  1. ^ A Concise Historical Grammar of the Albanian Language, V.Orel, Koninklijke Brill ,Leiden 2000, p.277

Danish[edit]

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mug c, n (uncountable, singular indefinite mug, singular definite muggen or mugget)

  1. mold

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *mugjō (midge), from Proto-Indo-European *mū- (fly, midge), *mu-, *mew-. Compare Low German mügge, German Mücke, West Frisian mich, English midge, Danish myg.

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mug f, m (plural muggen, diminutive mugje n or muggetje n)

  1. mosquito, except the larger tropical species, which are called muskiet
  2. (figuratively) bug, insignificant individual

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French[edit]

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From English mug

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mug m (plural mugs)

  1. A large cup, generally used to serve cold drinks, a mug.

Old Irish[edit]

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mug m

  1. male slave or servant, serf, bondman

Volapük[edit]

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mug (plural mugs)

  1. mouse (rodent of the family Muridae)

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