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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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  • "muggins's Fork," some stockman said he heard it called a month ago.

    Marion's Faith. Charles King
  • “Ditto,” said muggins, nodding his head and buttoning his jacket.

    Sunk at Sea R.M. Ballantyne
  • Larry,” said muggins, “I think we have got into the doldrums.

    Sunk at Sea R.M. Ballantyne
  • The consequences were severe on some of the men, particularly on muggins.

    Lost in the Forest R.M. Ballantyne
  • But Mr. muggins was obstinate, and would not listen to reason.

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

  • By the way, I wonder if we hadnt ought to have left some money for Mr. muggins?

  • When muggins keeps his "willa;" and when a beggar gets on horseback.

    Comic Arithmetic Anonymous
  • Buck, he explained to me, was a good horse, and so was muggins.

    The Virginian Owen Wister
  • Buck and muggins were patterns of discretion through the rest of the mountains.

    The Virginian Owen Wister
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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