a. A large, often rounded vessel of earthenware, glass, or metal with a small mouth, a handle, and usually a stopper or cap.
b. The amount that a jug can hold.
2. A small pitcher.
3. Slang A jail.
4. jugs Vulgar Slang A woman's breasts.
tr.v. jugged, jug·ging, jugs
1. To stew (a hare, for example) in an earthenware jug or jar.
2. Slang To put into jail.
[Middle English jugge.]
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