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Definitions for hugger-mugger
ˈhʌg ərˌmʌg ərhug·ger-mug·ger

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hugger-muggeradjective

    a state of confusion

    "he engaged in the hugger-mugger of international finance"

  2. disorderly, higgledy-piggledy, hugger-mugger, jumbled, topsy-turvyadjective

    in utter disorder

    "a disorderly pile of clothes"

  3. clandestine, cloak-and-dagger, hole-and-corner(a), hugger-mugger, hush-hush, secret, surreptitious, undercover, undergroundverb

    conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods

    "clandestine intelligence operations"; "cloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lines"; "hole-and-corner intrigue"; "secret missions"; "a secret agent"; "secret sales of arms"; "surreptitious mobilization of troops"; "an undercover investigation"; "underground resistance"

  4. hugger muggeradverb

    act stealthily or secretively

  5. hugger-muggeradverb

    in secrecy

    "they did it all hugger-mugger"


  1. Hugger-muggernoun

    Confusion; disorder.


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  3. hugger-muggeradverb


  4. hugger-muggeradverb

    Confusedly, in a muddle.

  5. hugger-muggeradjective

    Secret, clandestine.

  6. hugger-muggeradjective

    Disorderly, chaotic, confused.

  7. Etymology: The origin of hugger-mugger is unknown; it is perhaps from Anglo-Irish cuggermugger, "a whispering, a low-voiced gossiping," from Irish cogair!, "whisper!". Compare Swedish mjugg. (dictionary.com)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hugger-muggernoun

    privacy; secrecy. Commonly in the phrase in hugger-mugger, with haste and secrecy

  2. Hugger-muggeradjective

    secret; clandestine; sly

  3. Hugger-muggeradjective

    confused; disorderly; slovenly; mean; as, hugger-mugger doings

  4. Etymology: [Scot. huggrie-muggrie; Prov. E. hugger to lie in ambush, mug mist, muggard sullen.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hugger-mugger

    hug′ėr-mug′ėr, n. secrecy: confusion. [Perh. a rhyming extension of hug.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. hugger-mugger

    In its Shakspearian bearing may have meant secretly, or in a clandestine manner, but its nautical application is to express anything out of order or done in a slovenly way.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hugger-mugger in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hugger-mugger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2


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