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Origin of hugger-mugger

First recorded in 1520–30; earlier hucker-mucker, rhyming compound based on mucker, from Middle English mokeren “to hoard”

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British Dictionary definitions for hugger-mugger

hugger-mugger
/ (ˈhʌɡəˌmʌɡə) /

noun
confusion
rare secrecy
adjective, adverb archaic
with secrecy
in confusion
verb obsolete
(tr) to keep secret
(intr) to act secretly

Word Origin for hugger-mugger

C16: of uncertain origin
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