Green’s Dictionary of Slang

jug n.1

1. [18C–early 19C] the buttocks, the posterior [abbr. double jugg(s) under double adj.].

2. as a lit. or fig. container, often as a place.

(a) [early 19C+] prison; thus as the jug, solitary confinement.

(b) [mid-19C] the mouth, esp. as a receptacle for alcoholic drink.

(c) [mid-19C+] a bank.

(d) [mid-19C–1960s] (US) a safe.

(e) [1930s] (US) a post office.

3. in the context of liquor.

(a) [1920s+] (US) a bottle of whisky or wine.

(b) [1960s+] a drink, esp. a pint of beer.

4. [1930s] (UK Und.) a forged cheque.

5. [1930s] (US) a dilapidated old vehicle.

6. [1940s+] (US) a carburettor; also attrib.

7. [1950s+] (orig. US, also juggs) in pl., the female breasts, esp. when large.

8. [1960s+] (drugs) vials of amphetamine and later of crack cocaine.


In compounds


see separate entry.


[1920s–40s] (US Und.) a safecracker; also attrib.

jug-heel [heel n. (2)]

[1900s–30s] (US Und.) a bank robber.

jug-heistman (also jug heister) [heister n. (1)]

[1940s–50s] (US Und.) a bank robber.


[1930s–60s] (US) a prison.

jug man (also jugman)

[1920s–50s] (US Und.) a bank robber.

jugrooter [rooter n.4 ]

[1930s] (US Und.) a bank robber.

jug touch [touch n.1 (4)]

[1900s–30s] (US Und.) the robbery of people as they come out of banks.


jug-bitten (also bitten)

[early 17C] drunk.


[mid-17C] drunk.


[mid-19C] (US) drunk.

In phrases

knock a jug (v.)

1. [1920s–30s] (US black) to get drunk.

2. [1940s] (US black) to buy a drink.

on the jug

[1940s–50s] (US Und.) working as a bank robber.

shoot the jug (v.)

[1930s–40s] (US Und.) to blow open a safe.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

jugfuck (n.)

see separate entry.


see separate entries.

In phrases

by a jugful (also by a jugfull)

[early 19C+] (US) by a great deal, ‘by a long chalk’, usu. in negative.

jug up

see separate entries.