Definitions

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  • n. A marijuana cigarette; a joint.
  • n. hot chocolate
  • n. A person who has no magical abilities.
  • n. A person who lacks a skill or is not a member of the group.
  • v. (in geocaching) To remove, deface or destroy a geocache.
  • v. To be restless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A contest between drinkers to decide which of them can drink the most.

Etymologies

Origin unknown. First known to come into usage in New Orleans in the mid-1920s. (Wiktionary)
From Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997) by J. K. Rowling, from the Harry Potter franchise. (Wiktionary)
unknown (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Who cares if she took the word muggle from a children’s book in the 80s.

    Who (or what) is your Entertainer of the Decade? | EW.com

  • True meaning of Harry Potter term 'muggle' is revealed to be marijuana The Hacking Saga Continues: Murdoch Goes to Parliament, a New Arrest is Made

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • Hitler's Joy of Sex: Nazi Leader Reportedly Gave Blow-Up Dolls To Soldiers True meaning of Harry Potter term 'muggle' is revealed to be marijuana The Hacking Saga Continues: Murdoch Goes to Parliament, a New Arrest is Made

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • Cantor: Tempers Flare as Debt Talks Take a Dramatic Turn True meaning of Harry Potter term 'muggle' is revealed to be marijuana Harry Potter: Hail and Farewell to a Hallowed Franchise

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • In a world where magic dominates and where broken limbs can be mended within seconds, physical prowess is a lot less valued than in our "muggle" world.

    Harry Potter, the jock

  • And as it is obviously an imagined world, it can tell me all the more about the world than "muggle" fiction.

    Why Do You Read/Watch Science Fiction?

  • The clue that set me off was the description of the cache as something a "muggle" would overlook but to a geocacher it would stand out ... made me think of a "portkey".

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • Sounds like "muggle", JKR's word for non magical folk from the Harry Potter series...

    Muggins explained

  • They bring to life a magical society that exists within our own "muggle" world and that is kept secret by a bureaucracy with its own rules, history, and politics.

    Archive 2006-06-01

  • What kind of muggle would want to do that, you ask?

    CNN Transcript Jun 16, 2003

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  • You know you'll find archaic words when an old book has 'archaic words' in the title.
    The west Somerset word-book: A glossary of dialectal and archaic ... - Volume 17, Issue 3 - Page 20

    books.google.ca/books?id=WVYJAAAAQAAJ
    Frederick Thomas Elworthy - 1886
    ALL TO A MUGGLE Tau l tue u muug-1]. In a muddle, confusion. Uur zumd awl tue u muug-l, poo ur soal, aa'dr ee duyd, she seemed all to a muggle, poor soul, after he died. Dhu aewz wuz awl tue u muug-l, the house was all to a muggle.

    February 19, 2013

  • I still have the hope I am not a muggle :)

    July 17, 2011

  • A non wizard

    March 20, 2011

  • Someone not a member of the "magic" -witch & wizard - community. From the Harry Potter series of books written by J K Rowling.











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    June 14, 2009

  • Also used today on NPR's Says You "which is the real definition" segment of the show. Real definition: a man with a tail.

    August 31, 2008

  • Also a slang term for marijuana (either singular or plural), as I discovered today while reading about Louis Armstrong.

    August 11, 2008

  • 'Harry could tell that they were Muggles because they remained quite stationary within their pictures, faded smiles and glazed eyes frozen on the paper.' Harry Potter and the deathly hallows. J.K. Rowling.

    March 1, 2008