1. a large container usually made of earthenware, metal, or glass, commonly having a handle, a narrow neck, and sometimes a cap or cork.
  2. the contents of such a container; jugful: a jug of wine.
  3. Slang. jail; prison.
  4. jugs, Slang: Vulgar. a woman’s breasts.

verb (used with object), jugged, jug·ging.

  1. to put into a jug.
  2. to stew (meat) in an earthenware jug.
  3. Slang. to put in jail; imprison.


  1. a sound made by a bird, especially a nightingale.

verb (used without object), jugged, jug·ging.

  1. to make such a sound.


  1. a vessel for holding or pouring liquids, usually having a handle and a spout or lipUS equivalent: pitcher
  2. Australian and NZ such a vessel used as a kettlean electric jug
  3. US a large vessel with a narrow mouth
  4. Also called: jugful the amount of liquid held by a jug
  5. British informal a glass of alcoholic drink, esp beer
  6. a slang word for jail

verb jugs, jugging or jugged

  1. to stew or boil (meat, esp hare) in an earthenware container
  2. (tr) slang to put in jail

“deep vessel for carrying liquids,” late 15c., jugge, variant of jubbe, of unknown origin, perhaps from jug “a low woman, a maidservant” (mid-16c.), a familiar alteration of a common personal name, Joan or Judith. Use as a musical instrument is attested from 1946. Jughead “klutz” is from 1926; jughandle “tight curved road used for turns” is from 1961. Jugs for “woman’s breasts” first recorded 1920 in Australian slang, short for milk jugs.

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