muggins

noun

mug·​gins
ˈməgə̇nz
plural muggins
often capitalized
1
a
: 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
b
: a dominoes game identical with sniff except that the muggins provision is included
c
: 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
2
: simpleton
had seen too many muggins come bowing and smilingEnid Bagnold

Word History

Etymology

probably from the name Muggins

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“Muggins.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/muggins. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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