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Origin of muggy

1725–35; mug to drizzle (noun and v.) (< Scandinavian; compare Old Norse mugga mist, drizzle) + -y1
Related formsmug·gi·ly, adverbmug·gi·ness, noun

Antonyms for muggy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for muggy

stuffy, soggy, oppressive, damp, sticky, moist, dank, sultry, clammy, close, mucky

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Historical Examples of muggy

  • Sunday was a cloudy, warm day, "muggy," so Captain Zeb described it.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • It was an intensely hot, muggy night, and the mosquitoes were thick.

    The Wreck of the Titan

    Morgan Robertson

  • It was a hot, muggy, August afternoon—Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

    The Circuit Riders

    R. C. FitzPatrick

  • I have heard it complained of as being rather wet and muggy.

  • It was a damp, muggy January evening when I journeyed to this suburban retreat.

    Mystic London:

    Charles Maurice Davies

British Dictionary definitions for muggy


adjective -gier or -giest
  1. (of weather, air, etc) unpleasantly warm and humid
Derived Formsmuggily, adverbmugginess, noun

Word Origin for muggy

C18: dialect mug drizzle, probably from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse mugga mist
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Word Origin and History for muggy

1731, from mugen "to drizzle" (late 14c.), from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse mugga "drizzling mist," possibly from PIE *meug- "slimy, slippery" (see mucus).

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