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[muhf-in] /ˈmʌf ɪn/
an individual cup-shaped quick bread made with wheat flour, cornmeal, or the like, and baked in a pan (muffin pan) containing a series of cuplike forms.
Origin of muffin
First recorded in 1695-1705; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He turned towards the muffin, and missed the lost piece at a glance.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I'd turn milk or muffin man, and serve the street they lived in.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • So I bought a muffin, ate it, and went down to the wharf to look for a job.

    Hidden Hand

    Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
  • He smiled lazily at her and took a muffin from a plate handed him by the waiter.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • The back of the patient, with the cups in even rows, looks to me like a muffin pan.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
British Dictionary definitions for muffin


(Brit) a thick round baked yeast roll, usually toasted and served with butter
(US & Canadian) a small cup-shaped sweet bread roll, usually eaten hot with butter
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from Low German muffen, cakes
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Word Origin and History for muffin

"light, small cake made with eggs," 1703, moofin, possibly from Low German muffen, plural of muffe "small cake;" or somehow connected with Old French moflet "soft, tender" (said of bread). Muffin top in reference to waistline bulge over tight, low jeans is attested by 2005, from resemblance to baked muffins from a tin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for muffin



A young girl, esp one's girlfriend (1856+ Canadian)

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stud muffin

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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