- a person who mugs, especially one who assaults a person in order to rob him or her.
Origin of mugger1
or mug·gar, mug·gur
- 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
Yes, some will fairly argue that a mugger could have a gun and will kill you if put up a fight.Don Lemon and the Rest of Society Don’t Understand How Rape Works
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Amazingly, the mugger has actually been caught and the phone restored to its rightful owner.Prince Harry’s Return to London: Nightclub Photos, Stolen BlackBerry
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Not that Walt was a mugger—as far as I know; but that's the pattern of the enclave.The Day of the Boomer Dukes
The Mugger turned grunting into the undergrowth as Krishna rose.The Bridge-Builders
Now a mugger's sigh is the most suggestive sound in animal speech.From Sea to Sea
Said a boatman, 'Get axes and kill him, for he is the Mugger of the ford.'
The Mugger opened his left eye, and looked keenly at the Adjutant.
- informal a person who commits robbery with violence, esp in the street
- mainly US and Canadian a person who overacts
muggar or muggur
- a large freshwater crocodile, Crocodylus niloticus, inhabiting marshes and pools of India and CeylonAlso called: marsh crocodile
C19: from Hindi magar
Word Origin and History for mugger
1865, agent noun from mug (v.1).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper