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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for muffin

doughnut, pastry, bread, scone, Danish, eclair, cruller

Examples from the Web for muffin

Contemporary Examples of muffin

Historical Examples of muffin

  • He turned towards the muffin, and missed the lost piece at a glance.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • I'd turn milk or muffin man, and serve the street they lived in.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • So I bought a muffin, ate it, and went down to the wharf to look for a job.

    Hidden Hand

    Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth

  • He smiled lazily at her and took a muffin from a plate handed him by the waiter.

    The Highgrader

    William MacLeod Raine

  • The back of the patient, with the cups in even rows, looks to me like a muffin pan.

British Dictionary definitions for muffin



British a thick round baked yeast roll, usually toasted and served with butter
US and Canadian a small cup-shaped sweet bread roll, usually eaten hot with butter

Word Origin for muffin

C18: perhaps from Low German muffen, cakes
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Word Origin and History for muffin

"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