Why are mugs called mugs?

Why are mugs called mugs?

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  1. If you’re referring to a type of drinking cup, then the actual origin is unknown, but the word has been used since the 16th century. Related words show up in both scandinavian and germanic languages.
    If you’re referring to someone’s face, that comes from drinking cups shaped like grotesque faces that were first popular in 17th century England. (You can still buy Toby mugs.) The meaning was extended to police portraits or photographs sometime during the mid to late 18th century.
    If you’re referring to attacking someone, that derives originally from early 19th century boxing lingo and means to strike someone in the face. This was soon extended to mean a general attack.
    See Origin and meaning of mug by Online Etymology Dictionary

  2. Hey, Yashpal.
    Thank you for your question. Okay, let us have a look at it.
    “Why are mugs called mugs?”
    This kind of question is always interesting because I would never think to ask myself or go to the trouble of looking it up to find out what the answer is. Now, I am going to look it up because I do not know why a mug is called a mug.
    I’ll be back just now as I have to peek into a few thesauruses.
    Here we are.
    It has been used as a noun to describe the face and as a verb of the word “grimace” since the 17th century. It most likely derives from “mugg,” a Scandinavian word for a drinking vessel. … Another theory is that “mug” comes from “mukha,” the Sanskrit word for face.
    From the Oxford English Dictionary, mug became slang for face “perhaps in allusion to the drinking mugs made to represent a grotesque human face which was common in the 18th century.
    A mug is an informal vessel for drinking coffee or tea, as opposed to a china teacup or a demitasse espresso cup, for example. Informally, a mug is a face: that’s why a mug shot of a prisoner is a picture of his face right after he has been arrested. When it’s a verb, mug means “rob someone while threatening violence.” This meaning came from an earlier definition, “to strike someone in the face (or the mug).”
    I think it is unanimous that it relates to the faces carved on the drinking vessels, which eventually become known as a mug.
    Okay, there you have it. Just keep your mug off the wanted posters.
    Kind regards,


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