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[muhg-er] /ˈmʌg ər/
a person who mugs, especially one who assaults a person in order to rob him or her.
Origin of mugger1
1860-65, Americanism; mug + -er1
Can be confused
burglar, mugger, robber, thief (see synonym study at thief)


[muhg-er] /ˈmʌg ər/
a broad-snouted crocodile, Crocodylus palustris, of southern Asia, that grows to a length of about 16 feet (4.88 meters).
1835-45; < Hindi magar Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mugger
  • The bird is not another creature struggling to exist in a snowfield but an opportunistic mugger from the polar wastes.
  • In plain language: the previously unremarkable mugger's face now evokes terror.
  • The mugger left for over an hour and came back and finished killing her.
  • Hugger-mugger is part of life, especially under modern political conditions.
  • The mugger came from a broken home and was trying to lift himself out of poverty.
  • He told a police officer who spoke with him there that he had been shot by a mugger.
  • These swindlers use the phone as a weapon in much the same way that a mugger uses a handgun.
  • Imagine having to ask the mugger to wait while you take your pants down and fish out the mace.
  • Carry a small amount of cash in your wallet, enough to appease a mugger.
  • The enemy, as usual, is the big-city mugger raised to nightmare proportions.
British Dictionary definitions for mugger


(informal) a person who commits robbery with violence, esp in the street
(mainly US & Canadian) a person who overacts


a large freshwater crocodile, Crocodylus niloticus, inhabiting marshes and pools of India and Ceylon Also called marsh crocodile
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi magar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mugger

1865, agent noun from mug (v.1).

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


  1. An actor or comedian who makes exaggerated faces, grimaces, etc, for humorous effect: where this trivial mugger is performing (1892+)
  2. A thief who uses extreme physical violence: apparently the victim of muggers/ A knife or an armlock around the throat has been the favorite technique of muggers (1865+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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