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[juhg] /dʒʌg/
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, jugging.
to put into a jug.
to stew (meat) in an earthenware jug.
Slang. to put in jail; imprison.
Origin of jug1
1530-40; perhaps special use of Jug hypocoristic form of Joan, woman's name


[juhg] /dʒʌg/
a sound made by a bird, especially a nightingale.
verb (used without object), jugged, jugging.
to make such a sound.
1515-25; imitative Unabridged
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  • So he said, “Grannie, what is there in all these jars and jugs?”

    Indian Fairy Tales Anonymous
  • Every one in the city had jugs and bowls made of wrought gold.

    Introductory American History Henry Eldridge Bourne
  • They found the whole room a mass of blue—vases and jugs—and the story ends with 'So ungentlemanly and yet so beautiful.'

    A Room With A View E. M. Forster
  • So, it all depends on the contents with which the Potter fills his jugs and pipkins, I assure you.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • If you help me to carry these jugs home, I'll give you a slice of bread.

    The Adventures of Pinocchio C. Collodi--Pseudonym of Carlo Lorenzini
  • Each plant has its own shape of jug, and the jugs vary in size a good deal.

  • Sham Voyez "Fair Hebe" jugs, made for foolish collectors, are frequently to be seen and avoided.

    Chats on Old Earthenware Arthur Hayden
  • Not only do these strange leaves look like jugs, but they are also used as jugs.

  • Tommy and his companion worked away with their jugs, although the poor little fellows were almost dead beat.

    The Three Admirals W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for jugs


a vessel for holding or pouring liquids, usually having a handle and a spout or lip US equivalent pitcher
(Austral & NZ) such a vessel used as a kettle: an electric jug
(US) a large vessel with a narrow mouth
Also called jugful. the amount of liquid held by a jug
(Brit, informal) a glass of alcoholic drink, esp beer
a slang word for jail
verb jugs, jugging, jugged
to stew or boil (meat, esp hare) in an earthenware container
(transitive) (slang) to put in jail
Word Origin
C16: probably from Jug, nickname from girl's name Joan
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Word Origin and History for jugs



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for jugs



A woman's breasts; hooters

[1920+ Australian; abbreviation of jugs of milk]



  1. A bottle of liquor: Fetch me my jug, son (1886+)
  2. A relatively cheap wine, usually bought in large bottles; jug wine: Far more people drink jugs these days (1980s+)
  3. A vault or safe (1925+ Underworld)
  4. A bank (1845+ Underworld)
  5. A carburetor (1960s+ Hot rodders)
  6. A good holding place: ''jug''—a nice big hold (relative to the rest of the route) (1990s+ Rock climbers)


To put in jail; imprison: I get jugged for parking in the wrong places? (1834+)

[rockclimbing sense fr jug-handle in the same sense, found by 1955]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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