Main definitions of mugger in English

: mugger1mugger2

mugger1

noun

  • A person who attacks and robs another in a public place.

    ‘the mugger snatched my purse and ran away’
    • ‘You and your date get out of the car, keeping an eye out for muggers and murderers.’
    • ‘Politicians love to bash murderers, muggers and robbers because being ‘tough on crime’ is a popular stance.’
    • ‘A mugger who snatched a woman's handbag as she made her way to work has been jailed just ten days after he committed the offence.’
    • ‘An angry York mother has called for the return of her son's beloved BMX, which was snatched by two teenage muggers.’
    • ‘Five years ago while walking near his London home he was attacked by muggers wielding machetes and suffered severe cuts to his hands.’
    • ‘Now, instead of concentrating on speeders and drivers jumping red lights, the officers will focus on muggers and thugs.’
    • ‘I am sure there are a lot more thieves, muggers and carjackers who could be dealt with the same way.’
    • ‘A passing couple saw the attack and chased the mugger, but he managed to get away.’
    • ‘A disabled man was left bleeding on the ground with a double fracture of the skull after being attacked by a mugger.’
    • ‘A plucky mother-of-four tackled muggers who had snatched a handbag off a pensioner.’
    • ‘A gang of muggers attacked a man 6ft 8in tall and stole his mobile phone as he walked home after a night out in Trowbridge.’
    • ‘The muggers attacked me in a frigid, windswept, remote parking lot.’
    • ‘A 15-year-old Guiseley School pupil has made his family proud this week after standing up to a mugger who attacked an elderly woman.’
    • ‘Like his brother, he was also a thief, pickpocket, mugger, robber, and arsonist, etc, but he didn't like killing people.’
    • ‘He was one of the muggers that was attacking that woman.’
    • ‘They are burglars, dealers, vandals, thugs, muggers, arsonists, a menace to society.’
    • ‘A woman was attacked by a mugger who threatened to stab her if she didn't hand over her handbag.’
    • ‘A mugger who savagely attacked an 81-year-old man in Colchester escaped with just £4 in loose change.’
    • ‘In France, Britons are warned to look out for bag-snatchers, muggers, burglars and pickpockets, all targeting tourists.’

Pronunciation

mugger

/ˈmʌɡə/

Main definitions of mugger in English

: mugger1mugger2

mugger2

noun

  • A large Indian crocodile with a short snout.

    Crocodylus palustris, family Crocodylidae

    • ‘Swimming is strictly prohibited in the lake as it holds mugger or marsh crocodiles.’
    • ‘A total of 15 important water bodies in the sanctuary - of which 11 had small mugger populations - were surveyed.’
    • ‘While in India the number of muggers and gharials are growing in large numbers, salt-water crocodiles are rare as they generally grow in estuarine areas.’
    • ‘As per the Central Zoo Authority instructions, the mugger crocodiles were shifted to the Tirupati zoo, which is crippled by poor turnout of visitors.’
    • ‘Visitors watched them in broad daylight lunging at sambar in lakes, relaxing on roadsides, teaching cubs to stalk and even stealing deer carcasses from the mouths of mugger crocodiles in the lakes.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Hindi magar, from Sanskrit makara, the name of a horned water beast represented in Hindu mythology.

Pronunciation

mugger

/ˈmʌɡə/