plural muggins
often capitalized
: a provision in many games played in England that if a player fails to record an earned score promptly his opponent may say muggins and claim that score
used especially in cribbage and dominoes
: a dominoes game identical with sniff except that the muggins provision is included
: any of various card games in which a score overlooked may be claimed by saying muggins or in which the player with the worst score is called muggins
used especially in children's games
: simpleton
had seen too many muggins come bowing and smilingEnid Bagnold

Word History


probably from the name Muggins

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“Muggins.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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