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[muhf-in] /ˈmʌf ɪn/
an individual cup-shaped quick bread made with wheat flour, cornmeal, or the like, and baked in a pan (muffin pan) containing a series of cuplike forms.
Origin of muffin
1695-1705; origin uncertain Unabridged
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Examples from the web for muffin
  • Another tip is to portion the pesto into muffin cups, freeze, and then place the frozen pesto cups in a freezer storage bag.
  • Put two or three buttered muffin rings in the water.
  • Break each egg separately into a saucer, and carefully slip into a muffin ring.
  • Press into standard sized muffin tins, bake until golden brown.
  • The mayor of the bookstore coffee shop, for instance, gets a free muffin every time he or she makes a purchase.
  • Cut dough into rounds with cookie cutter and line eight sections of a mini-muffin tin with dough.
  • He once said that he particularly liked books that had old muffin crumbs in them.
  • muffin crumbs in your computer would not be a good idea.
  • Griffin's scones are so light and moist that they fall between cake and a well-made muffin.
  • Add grated zucchini, carrots, or apples to plain muffin mix.
British Dictionary definitions for muffin


(Brit) a thick round baked yeast roll, usually toasted and served with butter
(US & Canadian) a small cup-shaped sweet bread roll, usually eaten hot with butter
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from Low German muffen, cakes
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Word Origin and History for muffin

"light, small cake made with eggs," 1703, moofin, possibly from Low German muffen, plural of muffe "small cake;" or somehow connected with Old French moflet "soft, tender" (said of bread). Muffin top in reference to waistline bulge over tight, low jeans is attested by 2005, from resemblance to baked muffins from a tin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for muffin



A young girl, esp one's girlfriend (1856+ Canadian)

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stud muffin

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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