Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small, cup-shaped quick bread, often sweetened.
  • n. An English muffin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a type of flattish bun, usually cut in two horizontally, toasted and spread with butter, etc, before being eaten
  • n. A type of rich individual cake containing chocolate chips, blueberries or some other flavouring.
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  • n. a term of endearment
  • n. a vulva
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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A light, spongy, cylindrical cake, used for breakfast and tea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A light round spongy cake, the English variety of which is usually eaten toasted and buttered.
  • n. A small earthen plate.
  • n. One who is given to muffing or acting clumsily in playing a game, but more particularly one who in cricket or base-ball fails to retain hold on a ball which comes into his hands. See muff, n., 3.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sweet quick bread baked in a cup-shaped pan

Etymologies

Possibly from Low German Muffen, pl. of Muffe, small cake, from Middle Low German.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The origin is unknown. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The combination worked just as well as in the original bar, although, of course, the muffin is a bit less chocolatey than the bar of chocolate itself.

    Baking Bites » Print » Blueberry Milk Chocolate Muffins

  • The main difference between a cupcake and a muffin is a light, open crumb, Flo Braker, expert baker and author of the new and long-awaited Baking for All Occasions, told me.

    Not So Guilty Pleasure

  • I loved the Season 7 Curb Your Enthusiasm episode entitled “The Bare Midriff,” in which a woman named Maureen goes around the office in a tiny shirt that reveals her whole stomach—and what they call a muffin top.

    Gunn’s Golden Rules

  • SqPixels of Experiments wants to see what you call a muffin and has therefore started a new event called Muffin Monday.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • Martha Paschal is a youthful-looking 50-year-old financial consultant with what she calls a "muffin top" - extra rolls of waistline flab.

    News

  • If the muffin is individually wrapped, then it is always taxable, unless you also buy another piece of prepared food or beverage and the subtotal is less than $4CDN .....

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Why NFIB Is Challenging ObamaCare

  • I'm so impressed that this low-fat muffin is now a go-to muffin.

    Low-Fat Blueberry Muffins

  • These molds are pretty pricey, but luckily the cannele can be baked in muffin cups, too.

    Homemade Canneles | Baking Bites

  • The muffins get a lot of moisture from Greek yogurt, which is used instead of buttermilk or sour cream (which appear frequently in muffin recipes).

    Bites from other Blogs | Baking Bites

  • The Lemon Cheesecake Cupcakes from Cafe Fernando are individual cheesecakes baked in muffin cups.

    Bites from other Blogs | Baking Bites

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  • When I am in trouble, eating is the only thing that consoles me. Indeed, when I am in really great trouble, as anyone who know me intimately will tell you, I refuse everything except food and drink. At the present moment I am eating muffins because I am unhappy.Besides, I am rather fond of muffins.
    -Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest

    July 29, 2009

  • Muffin, the first of the name in our household (see Muffin II for his successor), was with us for only a few years. I was seven when we adopted him as a kitten, and he died after sustaining injuries in a road accident (my grandmother suspected the culprit was a motorcyclist) when he was only three. My memories of Muffin are vague, but I know I loved him and was deeply distressed by his passing. He inadvertantly challenged my young belief in the Judeo-Christian god, as taught by my Presbyterian Sunday School, but that is another story.

    March 12, 2009