hugger-mugger

  • 1Hugger-mugger — Hug ger mug ger, n. [Scot. huggrie muggrie; Prov. E. hugger to lie in ambush, mug mist, muggard sullen.] 1. Privacy; secrecy. Commonly in the phrase in hugger mugger, with haste and secrecy. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] Many things have been done in… …

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  • 2Hugger-mugger — Hug ger mug ger, a. 1. Secret; clandestine; sly. [1913 Webster] 2. Confused; disorderly; slovenly; mean; as, hugger mugger doings. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3hugger-mugger — also huggermugger, secretly, 1520s, one of a number of similar sounding reduplicated words in use around this time and meaning much the same thing, including hucker mucker, which may be the original of the bunch if the root is, as some think, M.E …

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  • 4hugger-mugger — ► ADJECTIVE 1) confused. 2) secret. ► NOUN 1) confusion. 2) secrecy. ORIGIN probably related to HUDDLE(Cf. ↑huddle) and to dialect mucker «hoard money, conceal» …

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  • 5hugger-mugger — I. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1529 1. secrecy 2. confusion, muddle II. adjective Date: 1692 1. secret 2. of a confused or disorderly nature …

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  • 6hugger-mugger — /hug euhr mug euhr/, n. 1. disorder or confusion; muddle. 2. secrecy; reticence: Why is there such hugger mugger about the scheme? adj. 3. secret or clandestine. 4. disorderly or confused. v.t. 5. to keep secret or concealed; hush up. v.i. 6. to… …

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  • 7hugger-mugger — /ˈhʌgə mʌgə/ (say huguh muguh) noun 1. disorder or confusion; a muddle. 2. secrecy or concealment: in hugger mugger. –adjective 3. secret or clandestine. 4. disorderly or confused. –verb (t) 5. Obsolete to keep secret or concealed. –verb (i) 6 …

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  • 8hugger mugger — verb act stealthily or secretively • Derivationally related forms: ↑hugger mugger • Hypernyms: ↑act, ↑behave, ↑do • Verb Frames: Somebody s …

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  • 9hugger mugger — Synonyms and related words: airtight secrecy, all over, all over hell, anarchic, arsy varsy, ass backwards, back door, backstairs, balled up, black out, bollixed up, by stealth, censor, chaotic, clandestine, close secrecy, closeness, concealment …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 10hugger-mugger — 1. noun /ˈhʌɡəmʌɡə/ a) Secrecy. b) Disorder. 2. adjective /ˈhʌɡəmʌɡə/ a) Secret, clandestine. b) Disorderly, chaotic, confused …

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  • 11hugger-mugger — adjective 1》 confused; disorderly. 2》 secret. noun 1》 confusion or disorder. 2》 secrecy. Origin C16: prob. related to huddle and to dialect mucker hoard money, conceal …

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  • 12hugger-mugger — I. n. (Contemptuous.) 1. Secrecy, privacy. 2. Disorder, confusion, slovenliness. II. a. (Contemptuous.) 1. Secret, clandestine, sly. 2. Mean, unfair, base, contemptible. 3 …

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  • 13hugger-mugger — n 1. confusion, disorder, disarray, disorganization, disarrangement, derangement, confusedness; jumble, mess, Inf. stew, huddle, Scot. Inf. guddle, mix up, Inf. foul up, Sl. ballup; upheaval, anarchy, chaos, turmoil, tumult, pandemonium, bedlam,… …

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  • 14hugger-mugger — hug•ger mug•ger [[t]ˈhʌg ərˌmʌg ər[/t]] n. 1) disorder or confusion; muddle 2) secrecy; reticence 3) secret or clandestine 4) disorderly or confused 5) in a stealthy or disorderly manner; secretively or confusedly 6) to keep secret or concealed;… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15hugger-mugger — adj., adv., n., & v. adj. & adv. 1 in secret. 2 confused; in confusion. n. 1 secrecy. 2 confusion. v.intr. proceed in a secret or muddled fashion. Etymology: prob. rel. to ME hoder huddle, mokere conceal: cf. 15th c. hoder moder, 16th c. hucker… …

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  • 16hugger-muggery — g(ə)rē, ri noun ( es) : hugger mugger 1 * * * /hug euhr mug euh ree/, n., pl. hugger mugger ies. hugger mugger (defs. 1, 2). [HUGGER MUGGER + Y3] …

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  • 17hugger-muggery — /hug euhr mug euh ree/, n., pl. hugger mugger ies. hugger mugger (defs. 1, 2). [HUGGER MUGGER + Y3] * * * …

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  • 18huggermugger — (Roget s Thesaurus II) I (or hugger mugger) noun The habit, practice, or policy of keeping secrets: clandestineness, clandestinity, concealment, covertness, huggermuggery, secrecy, secretiveness, secretness. See SHOW. II (or hugger mugger)… …

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  • 19helter-skelter — adv 1. pell mell, hurry scurry, harum scarum, wildly; headlong, headfirst, head over heels; rashly, recklessly, precipitately, unwarily, carelessly, heedlessly, injudiciously, thoughtlessly; impetuously, impulsively, hastily, hurriedly. 2.… …

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  • 20jumbled — adjective in utter disorder (Freq. 2) a disorderly pile of clothes • Syn: ↑disorderly, ↑higgledy piggledy, ↑hugger mugger, ↑topsy turvy • Similar to: ↑untidy …

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