- the face.
- the mouth.
- an exaggerated facial expression; grimace, as in acting.
- a thug, ruffian, or other criminal.
verb (used with object), mugged, mug·ging.
verb (used without object), mugged, mug·ging.
Origin of mug
Examples from the Web for mugged
Contemporary Examples of mugged
Worse, all of this mugging business reminds Ross of when he was mugged as a child.15 Times ‘Friends’ Was Really, Really Weird
September 18, 2014
The alley cat and her kittens would have mugged him already.Up To a Point: Robber Barons Make Way For Robber Nerds
P. J. O’Rourke
August 9, 2014
When it comes to health insurance, it seems a liberal is a conservative who has been mugged by an illness.
In the old days, they used to say that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality.
“People also have a right to walk down the street without being killed or mugged,” Bloomberg said.Stop-and-Frisk Ruled Unconstitutional: A ‘Fair Trial’ for the NYPD?
August 13, 2013
Historical Examples of mugged
Perhaps it would have been better had he stopped in Gueldersdorp and mugged it out.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
So I took on the Lockyers and Procters, and mugged up the planets and stars.Punch Among the Planets
"Mugging" was all right, so long as you "mugged" the right persons.Courts and Criminals
And Buller lit his candle and mugged at a German exercise till the supper-bell rang.Dr. Jolliffe's Boys
Each "con" was divided into two equal parts: the Duffer "mugged" up one; John the other.The Hill
Horace Annesley Vachell
Word Origin for mug
verb mugs, mugging or mugged
Word Origin for mug
"drinking vessel," 1560s, "bowl, pot, jug," of unknown origin, perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. Swedish mugg "mug, jug," Norwegian mugge "pitcher, open can for warm drinks"), or Low German mokke, mukke "mug," also of unknown origin.
"a person's face," 1708, possibly from mug (n.1), on notion of drinking mugs shaped like grotesque faces. Sense of "portrait or photograph in police records (e.g. mug shot, 1950) had emerged by 1887. Hence, also, "a person" (especially "a criminal"), 1890.
"to beat up," 1818, originally "to strike the face" (in pugilism), from mug (n.2). The general meaning "attack" is first attested 1846, and "attack to rob" is from 1864. Perhaps influenced by thieves' slang mug "dupe, fool, sucker" (1851). Related: Mugged; mugging.
"make exaggerated facial expressions," 1855, originally theatrical slang, from mug (n.2). Related: Mugged; mugging.