Definition of jug in English:



  • 1British A cylindrical container with a handle and a lip, used for holding and pouring liquids.

    • ‘Sara sighed and began to pour the milk from the bottle into the jug.’
    • ‘Pour it into a large jug - this makes it easier to pour it into the individual moulds.’
    • ‘Pour into a jug and leave to cool; do not refrigerate as the syrup might crystallise and lose its fabulous puce clarity.’
    • ‘Morandi painted bottles, jars, jugs and the occasional tin.’
    • ‘Strain through a fine sieve into a jug and pour the mixture over the apricots.’
    • ‘It doesn't matter whether the cream is poured straight from a jug or lightly whipped and spooned from a bowl.’
    • ‘Put the kipper fillets in a jug or heatproof bowl and pour a kettle of boiling water over them.’
    • ‘Pour into a large jug and melt into it two large spoonfuls of clear honey.’
    • ‘It keeps very well if stood upright in a jug containing a little water, and refrigerated.’
    • ‘Reheat the soup until boiling, decant into a jug and pour into the cups.’
    • ‘A key element is the striking handle on the pots and jugs: a right-angled affair with a beautiful curve and circular cutout to fit the hand perfectly.’
    • ‘The nurse came up to the bedside, placing the jug on the table.’
    • ‘Increase the speed as it blends, then pour into a jug.’
    • ‘Beat the rest of the sugar, milk, eggs and vanilla in a jug and pour over the croissants.’
    • ‘It had fired jugs, pans, cooking pots and roofing tiles in the 14th century, and similar wares have been found on excavations locally and in adjacent counties.’
    • ‘Luck was with them - they discovered 15,000 nineteenth-century moulds for jugs, bowls and storage jars in a disused storeroom.’
    • ‘Strain this liquid into a jug to remove any egg strings.’
    • ‘Carefully lift the fillets on to a warmed plate, cover with foil and keep warm, pouring the liquid into a jug.’
    • ‘Supposedly, this is a guy pouring water from a jug.’
    • ‘Place the lavender flowers in a wide jug and pour the cream over them.’
    pitcher, ewer, crock, jar, urn
    carafe, flask, flagon, decanter
    vessel, receptacle, container
    toby jug
    amphora, jorum, greybeard
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    1. 1.1North American A large container for liquids, with a narrow mouth and typically a stopper or cap.
      • ‘I pointed at the water jug, a large container that once held orange juice.’
      • ‘As I spread Vegemite on my toast, Mum fills the jug and puts another mug out.’
      • ‘He popped open a jug and poured cold liquid into a ceramic cup, handing it to me gently.’
      • ‘You could always find a milk jug or container at a house party.’
      • ‘After I saved all the cans, bottles, jars, boxes and milk jugs for a month, I saw how much I was keeping out of a landfill and putting back into our system of natural resources, and I was amazed.’
      • ‘Victor took the jug and dug a pitcher out of the cupboard.’
      • ‘Plastic jugs and bottles can be placed in the bins marked for glass, and for both plastic and glass, it is good to rinse out the bottles and remove the caps.’
      • ‘From behind the fridge door, Allan peered out with his mouth leaving a soda jug.’
      • ‘Kerry campaign volunteers left the rally scene and returned with water cooler jugs and passed cups through the crowd.’
      • ‘The scope of jugs and bottles that are filled with dairy products, from fluid milk to yogurt-based smoothies to dairy-based nutrition or energy drinks, is truly wide today.’
      • ‘You can make similar cloches out of plastic pop bottles or milk jugs.’
      • ‘Safety rings on plastic containers and jugs have been a popular feature for years.’
      • ‘We brought our own jugs and crocks to take the juice home in, and we'd fill them at the spigot on the holding tank.’
      • ‘A young woman appeared, thin and beautiful, carrying a tray with a jug and a plate.’
      • ‘Ellie enters the room carrying a kettle and a jug containing milk.’
      • ‘The chapel was nothing less of a party house full of monks and sisters laughing and having a good time, sloshing around jars, jugs, and other containers full of wine.’
      • ‘Thermoplastics are used to make plastic containers such as soda bottles and milk jugs.’
      • ‘Finally, when it comes to jugs, bottles and cartons, some dairies find that tried and true works best, while others are constantly seeking out new technology.’
      • ‘Do not, under any circumstances, place the juice in a jug, stopper the jug with a cork, and allow it to sit in a cool, dry place for eighteen to twenty-one days.’
      • ‘They use plastic cups and Styrofoam cups or small water jugs.’
      pitcher, ewer, crock, jar, urn
      carafe, flask, flagon, decanter
      vessel, receptacle, container
      toby jug
      amphora, jorum, greybeard
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    2. 1.2The contents of a jug.
      ‘she gave us a big jug of water’
      • ‘Warm a sugar thermometer in a jug of hot water to prevent it from breaking when inserted in the boiling marmalade.’
      • ‘She threw a jug of water over the terrified victim.’
      • ‘They order a jug of sangria, watching the Argentinian who, aware of his audience's renewed interest, is now performing an encore.’
      • ‘Then, at the wedding dinner the waitress spilt a jug of water all over the table which set the married couple's 2 year old off crying, so they ended up leaving.’
      • ‘So he helped me to prepare a jug of lime juice with water, to which he added some sugar and salt.’
      • ‘He offered to sign us to the fledgling Flying Nun over a jug of ale.’
      • ‘The inmate, who has not been identified, took a jug of boiling water mixed with sugar from a kitchen unit and was carrying it along a landing when challenged by an officer.’
      • ‘Rees then used a jug of water to help the students visualise our common need for ‘spiritual cleansing’ from hatred and selfishness.’
      • ‘Only a jug of water is said to be kept at his bedside.’
      • ‘Moreover, thirsty visitors to Edinburgh in the 18th century would have been served not whisky or beer but a jug of claret, which was then regarded as our national drink.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the wine was almost unbearably sickly sweet, without any tartness or depth, and about as refreshing as a jug of syrup.’
      • ‘For all that time, she ate nothing, for she was told she must fast, but each day, was allowed a jug of water in which barley had been soaked and fermented.’
      • ‘At many tavernas, a jug of both is brought at the start of the meal.’
      • ‘They mowed lawns, they painted each other's fishing boats and they bought a jug of beer and six straws to go around.’
      • ‘In one picture she's got a bunch of grapes, in the other she has a jug of wine that has spilled on to an exquisitely rendered cloth.’
      • ‘It was something brewed and created here, like a good beer or at least a jug of finely squeezed orange juice.’
      • ‘We insisted that a jug of tap water would be fine.’
      • ‘But while I was there I was drawn over to the aisle with the spices as I needed a jug of olive oil for my pasta and pine nuts, too.’
      • ‘Hazel came in from the kitchen with a fresh jug of coffee.’
      • ‘Kostas, a local farmer, proudly offered us a jug of his explosive homemade wine and lamb and chicken, doused with herbs and garlic, were laid before us as an instant feast.’
  • 2informal Prison.

    ‘three months in the jug’
    • ‘If I wasn't put in the jug, they wanted to kill me.’
    • ‘Crenshaw has spent long enough in the jug to know what he is talking about, but his crimes have always been those of stupidity rather than those of a hardened career criminal.’
    jail, prison, cell, police cell, place of detention, place of confinement, detention centre
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  • 3vulgar slang A woman's breasts.

    mammary gland, mamma
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  • 4Mountaineering
    A secure hold that is cut into rock for climbing.

    • ‘I undercut the top of the jugs with a belt sander so that you can get a good, solid grip.’
    • ‘I press my body upwards reaching deep into a jug formed by the sudden jutting out of the rock face.’
    • ‘A further hard move leads to a jug at the top.’
    • ‘Lee is off and racing up through the deep dish and over the bulge and heading up the ironstone jugs to the belay.’
    • ‘With thirty or more feet of extra rope, I rebelayed it through the jug handle perfectly situated above.’


  • 1Stew or boil (a hare or rabbit) in a covered container.

    ‘jugged hare’
    • ‘Similarly, jugged hare - boiled and served with hare blood and port - was once part of the staple diet.’
    • ‘But she had taken a shine to Antony, and when you put aside any consideration for the poor hare that had been so unceremoniously jugged, the meal, you had to admit, had been rather good.’
    • ‘The seven-course meal included such delicacies as oyster sauce, jugged hare and a topical Alexandra pudding.’
    • ‘The recipe for northern Italian jugged hare also incorporates a little chocolate at the end.’
    • ‘I remember still the rich, dense jugged hare I ate then, served from its own shining copper pot; 25 years on, jugged hare is still on the menu although today the marinade contains Chinese five spices.’
  • 2North American informal Prosecute and imprison (someone)

    ‘the hotel could jug him for trespassing’
    take to court, bring legal proceedings against, institute legal proceedings against, bring an action against, take legal action against, accuse, cite, summons, sue, try, bring to trial, put on trial, put in the dock, bring a charge against, bring a criminal charge against, charge, prefer charges against, bring a suit against, indict, arraign
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Mid 16th century: perhaps from Jug, pet form of the given names Joan, Joanna, and Jenny.