- a large container usually made of earthenware, metal, or glass, commonly having a handle, a narrow neck, and sometimes a cap or cork.
- the contents of such a container; jugful: a jug of wine.
- Slang. jail; prison.
- jugs, Slang: Vulgar. a woman’s breasts.
verb (used with object), jugged, jug·ging.
- to put into a jug.
- to stew (meat) in an earthenware jug.
- Slang. to put in jail; imprison.
- a sound made by a bird, especially a nightingale.
verb (used without object), jugged, jug·ging.
- to make such a sound.
- a vessel for holding or pouring liquids, usually having a handle and a spout or lipUS equivalent: pitcher
- Australian and NZ such a vessel used as a kettlean electric jug
- US a large vessel with a narrow mouth
- Also called: jugful the amount of liquid held by a jug
- British informal a glass of alcoholic drink, esp beer
- a slang word for jail
verb jugs, jugging or jugged
- to stew or boil (meat, esp hare) in an earthenware container
- (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.