mugger

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[ 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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Origin of mugger

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

Can be confused

burglar mugger robber thief (see synonym study at thief)

Definition for mugger (2 of 2)

mugger

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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

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First recorded in 1835–45, mugger is from the Hindi word magar
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British Dictionary definitions for mugger (1 of 2)

mugger

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/ (ˈmʌɡə) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for mugger (2 of 2)

mugger

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muggar or muggur

/ (ˈmʌɡə) /

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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