- a large container usually made of earthenware, metal, or glass, commonly having a handle, a narrow neck, and sometimes a cap or cork.
- the contents of such a container; jugful: a jug of wine.
- Slang. jail; prison.
- jugs, Slang: Vulgar. a woman's breasts.
- to put into a jug.
- to stew (meat) in an earthenware jug.
- Slang. to put in jail; imprison.
Origin of jug1
- a sound made by a bird, especially a nightingale.
- to make such a sound.
Origin of jug2
Related Words for jugbeaker, decanter, flask, jar, urn, bucket, vase, bottle, pot, carafe, tub, crock, amphora, pitcher, flagon, ewer, vessel, canteen, hooker, cruet
Examples from the Web for jug
Contemporary Examples of jug
He takes a 2-gallon jug of water out of his freezer and puts it in his insulated lunch bag.‘Degree Mills’ Are Exploiting Veterans and Making Millions Off the GI Bill
June 28, 2014
Throughout proceedings this jug was repeatedly raised and toasted to us, his audience.
Once it all came to the boil, the jug of blood was mixed with a little vinegar and a little cornmeal and stirred into the stew.
Historical Examples of jug
A friend and a tent, a jug of whisky and a lot of jolly good tobacco.In the Midst of Alarms
Then pour off the thin liquid from the top, and cork the jug tightly.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Then he seized him by the hair and thrust him into the jug of water.The Chinese Fairy Book
Plunge it into a jug of cold water, and let it stand for thirty minutes.The Skilful Cook
Strain the liquor through a tammis into a jug, with the peel of a lemon cut very thin, and two table-spoonfuls of clarified sugar.
- a vessel for holding or pouring liquids, usually having a handle and a spout or lipUS equivalent: pitcher
- Australian and NZ such a vessel used as a kettlean electric jug
- US a large vessel with a narrow mouth
- Also called: jugful the amount of liquid held by a jug
- British informal a glass of alcoholic drink, esp beer
- a slang word for jail
- to stew or boil (meat, esp hare) in an earthenware container
- (tr) slang to put in jail
Word Origin for jug
Word Origin and History for jug
"deep vessel for carrying liquids," late 15c., jugge, variant of jubbe, of unknown origin, perhaps from jug "a low woman, a maidservant" (mid-16c.), a familiar alteration of a common personal name, Joan or Judith. Use as a musical instrument is attested from 1946. Jughead "klutz" is from 1926; jughandle "tight curved road used for turns" is from 1961. Jugs for "woman's breasts" first recorded 1920 in Australian slang, short for milk jugs.