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muffin

[muhf-in] /ˈmʌf ɪn/
noun
1.
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
1695-1705; origin uncertain
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  • Mix in order given and bake in muffin tins ten or twenty minutes.

  • He smiled lazily at her and took a muffin from a plate handed him by the waiter.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • They were sitting in her room with muffin, wistful and devoted, on the rug at Jean's feet.

    The Tin Soldier Temple Bailey
  • She buttered her third muffin and then glanced happily around the table.

  • I would no more wish to be born a muffin man than a poet or an Archbishop.

    Windfalls (AKA Alpha of the Plough) Alfred George Gardiner
British Dictionary definitions for muffin

muffin

/ˈmʌfɪn/
noun
1.
(Brit) a thick round baked yeast roll, usually toasted and served with butter
2.
(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
n.

"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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for muffin

muffin

noun

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

Related Terms

stud muffin

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