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muffin

[muhf-in]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. English muffin.

Origin of muffin

First recorded in 1695–1705; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for muffin-pan

muffin

noun
  1. British a thick round baked yeast roll, usually toasted and served with butter
  2. US and 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-pan

muffin

n.

"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.

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