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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
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  • Rub this to a paste and spread between toasted English muffins.

    Sandwiches Sarah Tyson Heston Rorer
  • Therefore the sour milk pancakes or muffins do not taste sour.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • Mothers should insist on their children eating these muffins.

  • First we talked about the weather, next about muffins and crumpets.

    Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The urn was hissing and humming: the muffins were smoking—such a heap of muffins!

    The Christmas Books William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for muffins


(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 muffins



"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 muffins



A woman's breasts (1950s+)



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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