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muggy

[ muhg-ee ]
/ ˈmʌg i /
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adjective, mug·gi·er, mug·gi·est.

(of the atmosphere, weather, etc.) oppressively humid; damp and close.

RELATED WORDS

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

Nearby words

mugger, mugging, muggins, muggle, muggletonian, muggy, mughal, mugho pine, mugshot, mugwort, mugwump

Origin of muggy

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

muggy

/ (ˈmʌɡɪ) /

adjective -gier or -giest

(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

muggy


adj.

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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