外博词典,懂英语单词快速记忆法的在线英语词典

mug (抢劫):印有人脸图案的杯子

英语单词mug的拼写十分简单,但它的含义却十分复杂。翻开词典可以看到它对应的含义有:杯子、脸、做鬼脸、抢劫。这些看似风马牛不相干的含义是怎么产生的呢?原来,在16世纪初,mug指的仅仅是一种带柄的酒杯,即我们常说的“马克杯”。在18世纪时,马克杯的生产厂商往往喜欢在杯子上印上一张稀奇古怪的人脸,现在还有很多人喜欢在马克杯上印上图案。因此,mug一词就与“人脸”发生了关系,在俚语中产生了“人脸”的含义。到了19世纪初,mug又产生了一种动词用法,表示对准对方脸上来一拳,流行于拳击爱好者们。再往后,mug的含义进一步扩展,还可以表示“行凶抢劫”。

mug 大杯,缸子,马克杯,丑脸,抢劫

原指一种陶土烧制的杯子或碗,罐子,词源不详。后用于俚语丑陋的脸,即杯子上反射出来 的变形的脸。后用于指扇巴掌,掌掴,即把脸打变形,引申词义抢劫。

mug (n.1)

"small, cylindrical drinking vessel, often with a handle," 1560s, "bowl, pot, jug," of unknown origin, perhaps from Scandinavian (compare Swedish mugg "earthen cup, jug," Norwegian mugge "pitcher, open can for warm drinks"), or Low German mokke, mukke "mug," also of unknown origin. Hence mug-hunter (1883) "one who enters sporting contests solely to win prizes" (frequently in the form of engraved cups), a term of contempt.

mug (n.2)

"a person's mouth or face," 1708, possibly an extended sense of mug (n.1), based on the old drinking mugs shaped like grotesque faces, popular in England from 17c. Sense of "portrait or photograph in police records" had emerged by 1873.

When the notorious "Shaver Good" and his accomplices were arrested, and the robbery of several houses and stores fastened upon them, Good said, with all apparent sincerity, "I have travelled every city in the United States for the last seventeen years, and was never collared before, and I would not have been now, but for that 'mug' of mine that sticks in your gallery. ["Annual Report of the Chief of Police for 1873," Boston, Mass.]

Hence mug-shot (by 1950). Meaning "stupid or incompetent person, dupe, fool, sucker" is by 1851 in thieves' slang; hence "a person" generally (especially "a criminal"), by 1890. Mug's game "foolish, thankless, or unprofitable activity" is by 1890.

mug (v.1)

"to beat up," 1818, originally "to strike the face" (in pugilism), from mug (n.2) "face." The general meaning "attack" is attested by 1846, and "attack to rob" by 1864. Perhaps influenced by thieves' slang mug "dupe, fool, sucker" (1851). Related: Mugged; mugging.

mug (v.2)

"make exaggerated facial expressions," 1855, originally theatrical slang, from mug (n.2) "face." Related: Mugged; mugging.

a 一 (个)

A 英语字母表的第一个字母

A 英语字母表的第一个字母

a cappella 清唱的

a fortiori 理由更充分

A Gordian Knot 难解的结;难题;难点

a la carte 按菜单点菜

A Penelope's Web 故意拖延的策略;永远做不完的工作

a posteriori 由果及因

a priori 由因及果

A Procrustean Bed (强求一致):普罗克汝斯忒斯的铁床

aardvark 土豚

aback 大吃一惊

abacus (算盘):用于算数的沙板

abacus 算盘

abacus 算盘

abalone 鲍鱼

abandon 放弃

abandon 遗弃,抛弃

abase 使低下,卑微,屈从

abash 使困窘

abashed 羞愧

abate 减轻

abate 减弱

abattoir 屠宰场

abba 阿爸

abbess 女修道院院长

abbey 隐修院

abbot (修道院院长):阿拉姆语中对僧侣的尊称“父亲”

abbot 隐修院院长

abbreviate 缩短

abbreviate 缩写

abbreviate 缩写,简化

abbreviation 缩写,缩写词

abbreviator 缩写者

abdicate 退位

abdicate 退位

abdicate 退位,放弃(职位,权力等)

abdicator 弃权人,让位者,辞职者

abdomen 腹,腹部

abdomen 腹部

abdomenal 腹(部)的

abdominous 大肚子的,大腹便便的

abduct 诱拐

abduct 劫持,诱拐;绑架

abduction 绑架,拐骗,劫持

abecedarian (初步):拉丁字母表中的前四个字母

Aberdonian 苏格兰阿伯丁人

aberrance 脱离正道,越轨,反常

aberrant 异常的

aberrant 反常的

aberrant 异常的

aberration 失常

abet (教唆):纵狗斗熊游戏

abet 唆使,教唆,怂恿

abet 教唆

abet 教唆

abet 教唆,煽动,帮助,支持

abeyance 中止,搁置

abeyance 搁置

abeyance 中止

abhor 憎恶

abhor 憎恶

abhorrent 令人憎恶的

abide 忍受

abide 停留

abigail (侍女):《圣经》中大卫王的妻子亚比该

abigail 侍女,女仆

ability 能力,才能

ability 能力

abiogenesis 自然发生(论),非生物起源,无生源说

abiotic 非生物的

abject 卑鄙的

abject 悲惨的

abject 可怜的;凄惨的;卑鄙的

abjure 誓绝

abjure 声明放弃

ablation 消融,切除

ablation 冰雪消融

ablative 夺格

ablaze 燃烧的

able 有能力的

able 有能力的,能干的

Ableism 对残疾人的歧视

ablution 沐浴

ablution 洗身,沐浴

ablutions 净手礼

abnegate 放弃

abnegate 否认,放弃

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