- 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
Examples from the Web for jugs
Even once the plumbing was installed, some jugs of hot water were still taken up.The Real Downton Abbey: Juiciest Bits From 'The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle'
January 1, 2012
If the liquor is not put immediately into the jugs, it will not ferment well.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Every one in the city had jugs and bowls made of wrought gold.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
So, it all depends on the contents with which the Potter fills his jugs and pipkins, I assure you.The Book of Khalid
Cochise and all the others rushed to dig into the pile of jugs.Bloom of Cactus
Robert Ames Bennet
Each plant has its own shape of jug, and the jugs vary in size a good deal.Chatterbox, 1905.
- 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 and History for jugs
"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.