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mugger1

[muhg-er]
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noun
  1. a person who mugs, especially one who assaults a person in order to rob him or her.

Origin of mugger1

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; mug + -er1
Can be confusedburglar mugger robber thief (see synonym study at thief)

mugger2

or mug·gar, mug·gur

[muhg-er]
noun
  1. a broad-snouted crocodile, Crocodylus palustris, of southern Asia, that grows to a length of about 16 feet (4.88 meters).

Origin of mugger2

First recorded in 1835–45, mugger is from the Hindi word magar
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Examples from the Web for mugger

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Historical Examples

  • 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

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for mugger

mugger1

noun
  1. informal a person who commits robbery with violence, esp in the street
  2. mainly US and Canadian a person who overacts

mugger2

muggar or muggur

noun
  1. a large freshwater crocodile, Crocodylus niloticus, inhabiting marshes and pools of India and CeylonAlso 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