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  • n. A fool or idiot (especially as an ironic way of referring to oneself).
  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • transitive v. In certain games, to score against, or take an advantage over (an opponent), as for an error, announcing the act by saying “muggins.”

from The 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.
  • n. A game of dominoes in which the players count by fives or multiples of five.

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

  • n. a person who lacks good judgment


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  • 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.

    Tara Stiles: Zen And The Art Of Social Networking

  • 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.

    Tara Stiles: Zen And The Art Of Social Networking

  • 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.

    Dead Cert

  • 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.

    Complete Letters of Mark Twain

  • "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."

    Vanguards of the Plains

  • Why are the conservative defending this cotton headed ninny muggins?

    Ethics complaints still dog Palin

  • 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.

    Mark Twain

  • 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?"

    Fear is the Key

  • He was a considerable muggins, and a great coward, in fact, a Yankee deserter.

    "Co. Aytch" Maury Grays, First Tennessee Regiment or, A Side Show of the Big Show

  • 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.

    Marguerite Verne


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  • "The trench was low in scrub on a forward slope, indispersed among the Infantry and to our right an OP from the 74 Mediums which I, muggins, had to crawl to, linking them up to us by phone."

    - Spike Milligan, 'Mussolini: My Part In His Downfall'.

    April 25, 2009

  • Can't believe only 3 for muggins while "138 wordies list ubiquitous".

    April 23, 2008

  • Why, you talk like a muggins. HF 28

    December 7, 2006