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mugger1

[muhg-er] /ˈmʌg ər/
noun
1.
a person who mugs, especially one who assaults a person in order to rob him or her.
Origin of mugger1
1860-1865
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65; mug + -er1
Can be confused
burglar, mugger, robber, thief (see synonym study at thief)

mugger2

or muggar, muggur

[muhg-er] /ˈmʌg ər/
noun
1.
a broad-snouted crocodile, Crocodylus palustris, of southern Asia, that grows to a length of about 16 feet (4.88 meters).
Origin
First recorded in 1835-45, mugger is from the Hindi word magar
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  • Not that Walt was a mugger—as far as I know; but that's the pattern of the enclave.

  • The mugger turned grunting into the undergrowth as Krishna rose.

    The Bridge-Builders Rudyard Kipling
  • Now a mugger's sigh is the most suggestive sound in animal speech.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • "My child, I heard nothing," said the mugger, shutting one eye.

    The Second Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
  • She loses her eyesight year by year, and cannot tell a log from me—the mugger of the Ghaut.

    The Second Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
  • Said a boatman, 'Get axes and kill him, for he is the mugger of the ford.'

    The Second Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
  • The mugger opened his left eye, and looked keenly at the Adjutant.

    The Second Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
  • "That little white child which I did not get," said the mugger, with a deep sigh.

    The Second Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for mugger

mugger1

/ˈmʌɡə/
noun
1.
(informal) a person who commits robbery with violence, esp in the street
2.
(mainly US & Canadian) a person who overacts

mugger2

/ˈmʌɡə/
noun
1.
a large freshwater crocodile, Crocodylus niloticus, inhabiting marshes and pools of India and Ceylon Also called marsh crocodile
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi magar
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Word Origin and History for mugger
n.

1865, agent noun from mug (v.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for mugger

mugger

noun

  1. An actor or comedian who makes exaggerated faces, grimaces, etc, for humorous effect: where this trivial mugger is performing (1892+)
  2. A thief who uses extreme physical violence: apparently the victim of muggers/ A knife or an armlock around the throat has been the favorite technique of muggers (1865+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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