mug·​gy ˈmə-gē How to pronounce muggy (audio)
muggier; muggiest
: being warm, damp, and close
mugginess noun

Examples of muggy in a Sentence

a muggy day in August It's very muggy out today.
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Word History


English dialect mug drizzle

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of muggy was in 1728

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“Muggy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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mug·​gy ˈməg-ē How to pronounce muggy (audio)
muggier; muggiest
: being warm and humid
a muggy day in August
mugginess noun

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