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  1. huggermuggeradjective

    Secret; clandestine; sly.

  2. huggermuggeradjective

    Confused; disorderly; slovenly; mean; as, hugger-mugger doings.

  3. Etymology: The origin of hugger-mugger is unknown; perhaps it is from Anglo-Irish cuggermugger, a whispering, a low-voiced gossiping, from Irish cogair, whisper.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Huggermuggernoun

    Secrecy; bye-place.

    Etymology: corrupted perhaps from huger morcker, or hug in the dark. Morcker in Danish is darkness, whence our murky. It is written by Sir Thomas More, hoker moker. Hoker, in Geoffrey Chaucer, is peevish, crossgrained, of which moker may be only a ludicrous reduplication. Hooke is likewise in German a corner, and moky is in English dark.

    Now hold in huggermugger in their hand,
    And all the rest do rob of goods and land. Hubberd’s Tale.

    But if I can but find them out,
    Where e’er th’ in huggermugger lurk,
    I’ll make them rue their handy-work. Hudibras, p. i.

    There’s a distinction betwixt what’s done openly and barefaced, and a thing that’s done in huggermugger, under a seal of secrecy and concealment. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of huggermugger in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of huggermugger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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