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[muhg-inz] /ˈmʌg ɪnz/
a convention in the card game of cribbage in which a player scores points overlooked by an opponent.
a game of dominoes, in which any player who can make the sum of two ends of the line equal five or a multiple of five adds the number so made to his or her score.
British Slang. a fool.
Origin of muggins
First recorded in 1850-55; probably special use of proper name; def. 3 by association with mug Unabridged
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  • I was in hopes that, as they were no longer under the influence of muggins, they would yield, but they would make no promises.

    Peter Trawl W. H. G. Kingston
  • The consequences were severe on some of the men, particularly on muggins.

    Lost in the Forest R.M. Ballantyne
  • By the way, I wonder if we hadnt ought to have left some money for Mr. muggins?

  • That stuff Mrs. muggins sent us was all right, but there wasnt enough of it.

  • muggins, have the goodness to dismount,” said the young gentleman; “I wish to have a little talk with you.

  • Hugh said, and turning to muggins he asked what she thought of him.

    Bad Hugh Mary Jane Holmes
  • muggins was one of the last hands shipped, and though a man of some education, he always seemed to me utterly worthless.

    Peter Trawl W. H. G. Kingston
  • Coristine liked muggins, but he did not love muggins' master.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • muggins, you rascal, if you dig that up again, I'll starve you to death.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • He did throw it away along the road, but muggins brought it back.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for muggins


(Brit, slang)
  1. a simpleton; silly person
  2. a title used humorously to refer to oneself
a variation on the game of dominoes
a card game
Word Origin
C19: probably from the surname Muggins
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for muggins

"fool, simpleton," 1855, apparently from the surname, perhaps influenced by slang mug "dupe, fool" (1859; see mug (n.2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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