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  1. a convention in the card game of cribbage in which a player scores points overlooked by an opponent.
  2. 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.
  3. British Slang. a fool.
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Origin of muggins

First recorded in 1850–55; probably special use of proper name; def. 3 by association with mug
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Historical Examples of muggins

  • "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.

British Dictionary definitions for muggins


  1. British slang
    1. a simpleton; silly person
    2. a title used humorously to refer to oneself
  2. a variation on the game of dominoes
  3. a card game
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Word Origin for muggins

C19: probably from the surname Muggins
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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)).

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