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[muhk-er] /ˈmʌk ər/
Slang. a vulgar, illbred person.
Informal. a person who often does or says the wrong thing; bungler.
(especially in mining) a person who removes muck.
Origin of mucker
An Americanism dating back to 1890-95; muck + -er1
Related forms
muckerish, adjective
muckerism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for mucker
Historical Examples
  • I want you to forget about that—this morning, and not think I am a galoot and a mucker.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • I've been going a mucker lately in all sorts of ways to try and get rid of it.

    The Dark Flower John Galsworthy
  • "It's that mucker of a top sergeant, Quigley," says Wilfred.

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
  • In my business you find that the man who reads books, comes a mucker!

    Mrs. Craddock W. Somerset Maugham
  • "I think, if a fellow's come a mucker, he ought to have another chance," said Arthur.

    A Young Man's Year Anthony Hope
  • The mucker in the mine must belong to the same union as the man who runs the drill.

    The I.W.W. Paul Frederick Brissenden
  • Because—they sometimes make a mucker of the cork job, and then the label's wasted.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • I pray God I may be in one at the end, if I am to make a mucker.

  • Anybody would have done itanybody who wasnt a mucker, I mean.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
  • I said with contempt, for I knew he meant that mucker, Scoggins.

    The Haunted Pajamas Francis Perry Elliott
British Dictionary definitions for mucker


(mining) a person who shifts broken rock or waste
(Brit, slang)
  1. a friend; mate
  2. a coarse person
Derived Forms
muckerish, adjective
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Slang definitions & phrases for mucker



A crude and unreliable man; lout: cheap muckers with fine bodies

[1891+; fr German, ''sanctimonious bigot'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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