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muggy

[muhg-ee] /ˈmʌg i/
adjective, muggier, muggiest.
1.
(of the atmosphere, weather, etc.) oppressively humid; damp and close.
Origin
1725-1735
1725-35; mug to drizzle (noun and v.) (< Scandinavian; compare Old Norse mugga mist, drizzle) + -y1
Related forms
muggily, adverb
mugginess, noun
Antonyms
dry.
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British Dictionary definitions for muggily

muggy

/ˈmʌɡɪ/
adjective -gier, -giest
1.
(of weather, air, etc) unpleasantly warm and humid
Derived Forms
muggily, adverb
mugginess, noun
Word Origin
C18: dialect mug drizzle, probably from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse mugga mist
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Word Origin and History for muggily

muggy

adj.

1731, from mugen "to drizzle" (late 14c.), from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse mugga "drizzling mist," possibly from PIE *meug- "slimy, slippery" (see mucus).

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