Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A children's game of cards played by any number of persons with a full pack divided equally among the players. Each one in turn places a card face up in a pile in front of him, and if the top card of one player matches with the top card of some other player, that one of the two who first cries “Muggins!.” adds his card to the pile of the other. This continues until all the cards are placed in one pile — the player who owns this being the loser.
- n. A game of dominoes in which the players count by fives or multiples of five. Each player putting down a domino with 5 or 10 spots on it, or one with such a number of spots as, united with those on the dominoes at either or both ends of the row, make 5 or a multiple of 5, adds the number so made to his score. The player first reaching 200 if two play, or 150 if more than two, wins the game.
- n. A fool or idiot (especially as an ironic way of referring to oneself).
- n. cribbage The act of stealing another player's points because they either mis-pegged or counted up incorrectly. House rules specify whether the mugginser gets the mugginsee's points or whether those points are simply lost.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A game of dominoes in which the object is to make the sum of the two ends of the line some multiple of five.
- n. A game at cards which depends upon building in suits or matching exposed cards, the object being to get rid of one's cards.
- v. In certain games, to score against, or take an advantage over (an opponent), as for an error, announcing the act by saying “muggins.”
- n. a person who lacks good judgment
“Taking pictures of you and all your fancy clothes, parties, and people won't make you happy. Well, it might for the moment but it won't last. Your friends like you because of who you are, not what you have. If they don't they aren't good friends anyway. Plus it makes you look like a cotton headed ninny muggins.”
“When your BFF calls you a cotton headed ninny muggins on FB, resist the urge to smack back. Step away from your mobile device and take 5 deep breaths.”
“I was told afterwards he'd been trying to sell the place for months, but all the locals found out they would be buying trouble and left it alone for some muggins like me straight out of the army and still wet behind the ears to come along and jump in with my big feet.”
“Any muggins can write about Old Times on the Miss. of 500 different kinds, but I am the only man alive that can scribble about the piloting of that day--and no man ever has tried to scribble about it yet.”
“We found Little Blue Flower a sweet little muggins," Beverly told the Indian early in our stay at the fort. "We like good Indians like her. She's one clipper.”
“Why are the conservative defending this cotton headed ninny muggins?”
“Any muggins can write about Old Times on the Miss of 500 different kinds, but I am the only man alive that can scribble about the piloting of that day—& no man has ever tried to scribble about it yet.”
“So I caught one of the hands that were lying limply on the coverlet, bent forward and said softly, reprovingly: "You silly young muggins, why did you go and do a daft thing like that?”
“He was a considerable muggins, and a great coward, in fact, a Yankee deserter.”
“Mr. Verne also being seated the time honored game of muggins was soon in active operation and, as is often the cape, the lady being the best player was sadly worsted but submitted with a grace that was amusing.”
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