Definition of jug in English:



  • 1North American A large container for liquids, with a narrow mouth and typically a stopper or cap.

    • ‘Ellie enters the room carrying a kettle and a jug containing milk.’
    • ‘Kerry campaign volunteers left the rally scene and returned with water cooler jugs and passed cups through the crowd.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He popped open a jug and poured cold liquid into a ceramic cup, handing it to me gently.’
    • ‘You can make similar cloches out of plastic pop bottles or milk jugs.’
    • ‘As I spread Vegemite on my toast, Mum fills the jug and puts another mug out.’
    • ‘From behind the fridge door, Allan peered out with his mouth leaving a soda jug.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I pointed at the water jug, a large container that once held orange juice.’
    • ‘Safety rings on plastic containers and jugs have been a popular feature for years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They use plastic cups and Styrofoam cups or small water jugs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Victor took the jug and dug a pitcher out of the cupboard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You could always find a milk jug or container at a house party.’
    • ‘A young woman appeared, thin and beautiful, carrying a tray with a jug and a plate.’
    pitcher, ewer, crock, jar, urn
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    1. 1.1British A cylindrical container with a handle and a lip, used for holding and pouring liquids.
      pitcher, ewer, crock, jar, urn
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    2. 1.2 The contents of a jug.
      ‘she gave us a big jug of water’
      • ‘She threw a jug of water over the terrified victim.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They mowed lawns, they painted each other's fishing boats and they bought a jug of beer and six straws to go around.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the wine was almost unbearably sickly sweet, without any tartness or depth, and about as refreshing as a jug of syrup.’
      • ‘He offered to sign us to the fledgling Flying Nun over a jug of ale.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Warm a sugar thermometer in a jug of hot water to prevent it from breaking when inserted in the boiling marmalade.’
      • ‘It was something brewed and created here, like a good beer or at least a jug of finely squeezed orange juice.’
      • ‘Only a jug of water is said to be kept at his bedside.’
      • ‘At many tavernas, a jug of both is brought at the start of the meal.’
      • ‘So he helped me to prepare a jug of lime juice with water, to which he added some sugar and salt.’
      • ‘Hazel came in from the kitchen with a fresh jug of coffee.’
      • ‘We insisted that a jug of tap water would be fine.’
      • ‘They order a jug of sangria, watching the Argentinian who, aware of his audience's renewed interest, is now performing an encore.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2the juginformal 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, penal institution, place of detention, lock-up, place of confinement, guardhouse, detention centre
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  • 3jugsvulgar slang A woman's breasts.

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

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


  • 1usually as adjective juggedStew 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    braise, casserole, fricassee, simmer, boil
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  • 2North American informal Prosecute and imprison (someone)

    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
    incarcerate, put in prison, send to prison, jail, lock up, take into custody, put under lock and key, put away, intern, confine, detain, hold prisoner, hold captive, hold, put into detention, put in chains, put in irons, clap in irons
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Mid 16th century: perhaps from Jug, pet form of the given names Joan, Joanna, and Jenny.