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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n muggins a person who lacks good judgment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Muggins A game at cards which depends upon building in suits or matching exposed cards, the object being to get rid of one's cards.
    • Muggins A game of dominoes in which the object is to make the sum of the two ends of the line some multiple of five.
    • v. t Muggins In certain games, to score against, or take an advantage over (an opponent), as for an error, announcing the act by saying “muggins.”
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n muggins 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 muggins 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Muggins mug′inz a children's card-game played with a full pack divided equally, each in turn laying down a card face up, the first one who calls 'Muggins' when one matches another adding his card to the other's pile, the aim being to get out as soon as possible.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Etym. unknown
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. dub.


In literature:

Why, you talk like a muggins.
"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
I likes the maxum of it, Master Muggins.
"She Stoops to Conquer" by Oliver Goldsmith
But now I'm the soberest man in all Big Muggin.
"The Wrecker" by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
Buck, he explained to me, was a good horse, and so was Muggins.
"The Virginian" by Owen Wister
Portrait of Joseph Muggins, Esq., Newcome, George Street.
"Thackeray" by Anthony Trollope
Pay the postboy, Muggins.
"John Bull" by George Colman
Baby is king, and Mrs. Muggins is his prime minister!
"Marion's Faith." by Charles King
Muggins was one of the last hands shipped, and though a man of some education, he always seemed to me utterly worthless.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
A minister's wife can't dance anything but the Virginia reel, nor play anything more than muggins.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
Muggins, although pretty well knocked up before morning, held on manfully without a murmur.
"Sunk at Sea" by R.M. Ballantyne
Are you intendin' to mix the police in this game o' muggins?
"Owen Clancy's Happy Trail" by Burt L. Standish
Mr. Muggins, Y. M. C. A. secretary, a very estimable and highly respected man, shook his head.
"The Greater Love" by George T. McCarthy
Mrs. Muggins occasionally looked in on me.
"Daisy's Necklace" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
But now I'm the soberest man in all Big Muggin.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 13 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Why, you talk like a muggins.
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
I spurns Miss Muggins.
"The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers. Series 1" by Robert H. Newell
Old Josh Muggin had a young dog wich was very fierce for bars.
"Letters of Major Jack Downing, of the Downingville Militia" by Seba Smith
Poor old Muggins was such a bone between them!
"The Crime Doctor" by Ernest William Hornung
Ann, the heavy-footed, was dismissed with a month's wages, and Mrs. Muggins accompanied her.
"Mollie's Prince" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Loud shouted all in signs of woe, 'A Muggins to the rescue, ho!
"Poetical Ingenuities and Eccentricities" by Various

In poetry:

Well! yan Abey Muggins, a neighborin cheat,
Thowt to diddle owd Tommy wad be a girt treat;
He'd a horse, too, 't were war than owd Tommy's, ye see,
For t' neet afore that he'd thowt proper to dee !
"The Yorkshire Horse Dealers" by Anonymous British