noun, often capitalized
mug·​gins | \ ˈməgə̇nz \
plural muggins

Definition of muggins

1a : 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 smiling— Enid Bagnold

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probably from the name Muggins

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“Muggins.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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