from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. friend
  • n. friend or acquaintance
  • n. A type of worker during the construction of the first Los Angeles Aqueduct, who took out debris.
  • v. To scrape together (money, etc.) by mean labour or shifts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A term of reproach for a low or vulgar labor person.
  • n. An excavating machine designed to remove particulate material from within a confined area, as in a tunnel or mine.
  • transitive v. To scrape together, as money, by mean labor or shifts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hoard up; heap.
  • To make a mess or muddle of any business; muddle; fail.
  • To be dirty or untidy.
  • n. One who removes muck from stables, etc.
  • n. A heavy fall as in the mire or muck.
  • n. In Germany, a person of canting and gloomy religious tendencies; specifically
  • n. one of a sect accused of immoral practices, adherents of J. W. Ebel, a clergyman in K√∂nigsberg, Prussia, about 1810-39.
  • n. A person lacking refinement; a coarse, rough person.


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  • Me old mucker from the GSFWC, Jim Steel, pointed out to me that Gwyneth Jones has reviewed INK in today's Guardian, so I nipped out to pick up a copy ... and was even happier to find that my review is directly under Audrey Niffenengger's review of Kelly Link's MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS.

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  • So she found that she was both safer and less safe because the mucker was her companion.

    The Mucker

  • Workers, who had lowered a remote-controlled digging machine called a mucker into the mine to speed rescue efforts, were awaiting the arrival of an electrical component so they could employ a digger with larger capacity.

    Breaking News: CBS News

  • Before Tuesday's change in plans, workers had been using a remote-controlled digging machine called a mucker, advancing a total of 39 feet into the collapsed area, estimated at as long as 75 feet.

    Breaking News: CBS News

  • Before Tuesday's change in plans, workers used a remote-controlled digging machine called a mucker to advance a total of 39 feet into the collapsed area, which could be as long as 75 feet.

    The Seattle Times

  • Later Monday, the digging machine - a front-end loader modified for mining and called a mucker - will go into operation allowing them to work faster and more safely.

    ABC News: Top Stories

  • So we gave him a job as a 'mucker' in chemical experiments.

    Edison, His Life and Inventions

  • The thought of the play brought a shade of despair to his brow -- pretty Miss Clegg was in the party with that "mucker" Medford.

    Jane Cable

  • The fact is, "mucker" is that it's a mistake to think that there is a singular "American" view on things.

    Army Rumour Service

  • "mucker" should be run against Mary, or against the fortunate lover, or against himself, he did not at present resolve.

    The American Senator


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  • A mucker in the mines was the laborer who shoveled muck, the rock and water that fell from the blast to the floor of the mine, into man cars. Woe betide the previous drilling team who forgot to lay boards down to make the mucker's job easier.

    May 13, 2012

  • or: 'townie.'

    May 2, 2008

  • U.S. University slang. A young person from the town, as distinct from a member of a college or university. Later also: an inferior or despised student

    May 2, 2008