mugger

1
[ muhg-er ]
/ ˈmʌg ər /

noun

a person who mugs, especially one who assaults a person in order to rob him or her.

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Nearby words

  1. mug's game,
  2. mugabe,
  3. mugabe, robert gabriel,
  4. mugga,
  5. muggee,
  6. mugging,
  7. muggins,
  8. muggle,
  9. muggletonian,
  10. muggy

Origin of mugger

1
An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; mug + -er1

Can be confusedburglar mugger robber thief (see synonym study at thief)

mugger

2

or mug·gar, mug·gur

[ muhg-er ]
/ ˈmʌg ər /

noun

a broad-snouted crocodile, Crocodylus palustris, of southern Asia, that grows to a length of about 16 feet (4.88 meters).

Origin of mugger

2
First recorded in 1835–45, mugger is from the Hindi word magar

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British Dictionary definitions for mugger

mugger

1
/ (ˈmʌɡə) /

noun

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

noun

a large freshwater crocodile, Crocodylus niloticus, inhabiting marshes and pools of India and CeylonAlso called: marsh crocodile

Word Origin for mugger

C19: from Hindi magar

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Word Origin and History for mugger

mugger

n.

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

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