mug shot

or mug·shot


noun Slang.

Also called headshot. an identifying photograph of a suspect or criminal, often one of a set showing a frontal view, a profile view, and a view of the back of the head.
any closeup photograph of someone's face.

Nearby words

  1. muffuletta,
  2. mufti,
  3. mufulira,
  4. mug,
  5. mug punter,
  6. mug up,
  7. mug's game,
  8. mugabe,
  9. mugabe, robert gabriel,
  10. mugga

Origin of mug shot

First recorded in 1945–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mugshot

mug shot


informal a photograph of a person's face, esp one resembling a police-file picture
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Word Origin and History for mugshot



also mug shot, 1950; see mug (n.2) + shot (n.) in the photographic sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper