- disorder or confusion; muddle.
- secrecy; reticence: Why is there such hugger-mugger about the scheme?
- secret or clandestine.
- disorderly or confused.
- to keep secret or concealed; hush up.
- to act secretly.
Origin of hugger-mugger
Related Words for hugger-muggerclandestine, covert, hush-hush, intriguing, mysterious, quiet, secret, sly, sneaky, stealthy, surreptitious, undercover, hugger-mugger
Examples from the Web for hugger-mugger
Historical Examples of hugger-mugger
Let alone his meals being all hugger-mugger and comfortless.Mary Barton
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Muddle flies before it, and hugger-mugger becomes a thing unknown.Character
Mr Bethany tossed the hugger-mugger of pamphlets across the table.The Return
Walter de la Mare
The trouble was his “hugger-mugger” management, as Carlyle expressed it.Leigh Hunt's Relations with Byron, Shelley and Keats
All that set you were brought up in—why, one only had to look at them to see what a hugger-mugger way they probably lived.Vera
Elisabeth von Arnim
- rare secrecy
- with secrecy
- in confusion
- (tr) to keep secret
- (intr) to act secretly
Word Origin for hugger-mugger
also huggermugger, "secretly," 1520s, one of a number of similar-sounding reduplicated words in use around this time and meaning much the same thing, including hucker-mucker, which may be the original of the bunch if the root is, as some think, Middle English mukre "to hoard up, conceal." Also cf. Middle English hukmuck, late 15c., name of some sort of device for cleansing.