Definition of jug in English:

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Pronunciation: /jəɡ/


1North American A large container for liquids, with a narrow mouth and typically a stopper or cap.
Example sentences
  • From behind the fridge door, Allan peered out with his mouth leaving a soda jug.
  • Do not, under any circumstances, place the juice in a jug, stopper the jug with a cork, and allow it to sit in a cool, dry place for eighteen to twenty-one days.
  • Ellie enters the room carrying a kettle and a jug containing milk.
1.1The contents of a jug: she gave us a big jug of water
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  • Rees then used a jug of water to help the students visualise our common need for ‘spiritual cleansing’ from hatred and selfishness.
  • The inmate, who has not been identified, took a jug of boiling water mixed with sugar from a kitchen unit and was carrying it along a landing when challenged by an officer.
  • They order a jug of sangria, watching the Argentinian who, aware of his audience's renewed interest, is now performing an encore.
2 (the jug) informal Prison: three months in the jug
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  • If I wasn't put in the jug, they wanted to kill me.
  • Crenshaw has spent long enough in the jug to know what he is talking about, but his crimes have always been those of stupidity rather than those of a hardened career criminal.
3 (jugs) vulgar slang A woman’s breasts.
4 (also jug handle) Climbing A secure hold that is cut into rock for climbing.
Example sentences
  • With thirty or more feet of extra rope, I rebelayed it through the jug handle perfectly situated above.
  • Lee is off and racing up through the deep dish and over the bulge and heading up the ironstone jugs to the belay.
  • I press my body upwards reaching deep into a jug formed by the sudden jutting out of the rock face.

verb (jugs, jugged, jugging)

[with object]
1 (usually as adjective jugged) Stew or boil (a hare or rabbit) in a covered container: jugged hare
More example sentences
  • I remember still the rich, dense jugged hare I ate then, served from its own shining copper pot; 25 years on, jugged hare is still on the menu although today the marinade contains Chinese five spices.
  • The seven-course meal included such delicacies as oyster sauce, jugged hare and a topical Alexandra pudding.
  • The recipe for northern Italian jugged hare also incorporates a little chocolate at the end.
2North American informal Prosecute and imprison (someone).



Pronunciation: /ˈjəɡˌfo͝ol/
noun (plural jugfuls)
Example sentences
  • It seems to confirm what we always suspected - that Austrian wine, like Strauss operettas, is frivolous and irresponsible and only for swigging by the jugful.
  • The resident cats of the time didn't much like the hissing and spluttering and clattering the device made as it brewed a new jugful, but they came round in the end.
  • From that date you could drink it by the jugful in the cafés of Paris, and a gloriously refreshing tipple it was.


Mid 16th century: perhaps from Jug, nickname for the given names Joan, Joanna, and Jenny.

Words that rhyme with jug

bug, chug, Doug, drug, dug, fug, glug, hug, lug, mug, plug, pug, rug, shrug, slug, smug, snug, thug, trug, tug

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