Definition of Toby jug in English:

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Toby jug

Pronunciation: /ˈtōbē ˌjəɡ/
(also toby jug)

noun

A beer jug or mug in the form of a stout old man wearing a three-cornered hat.
Example sentences
  • Too much Affordably Good Design made me want to go straight to a novelty shop in Devizes to buy a toby jug of a grinning trawlerman's head sporting a yellow sou'wester.
  • For them, he was just an honoured toby jug, like Sun Yat Sen.
  • Jonathon Horne, a ceramics specialist, said: ‘You will pay between £700 and £1, 500 for a nice 18th century toby jug now.'

Origin

Mid 19th century: nickname for the given name Tobias, and said to come from an 18th-century poem about Toby Philpot (with a pun on fill pot), a soldier who liked to drink.

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Syllabification: To·by jug

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