Where does the term muck come from?

Where does the term muck come from?

muck (n.) mid-13c., muk, “animal or human excrement; cow dung and vegetable matter spread as manure,” from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse myki, mykr “cow dung,” Danish møg; from Proto-Germanic *muk-, *meuk- “soft,” which is perhaps related to Old English meox “dung, filth” (see mash (n.)).

What does the British term muck in mean?

to help out
Definition of muck in British, informal. : to help out especially by doing work muck in with the hard work.

What does Muck Muck mean?

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day. muckety-muck. Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for March 7, 2008 is: muckety-muck • \MUCK-uh-tee-muck\ • noun. : an important and often arrogant person.

Is muck a slang?

(informal) To dirty with or as with muck. (slang) To make a mess of; bungle.

Where did mucky muck originate?

The original English form of “mucky muck” was “high-muck-a-muck,” and it comes from Chinook Jargon, a hybrid of English, French and the Indian languages of the Pacific Northwest of the US once widely spoken in that region. In Chinook Jargon, “muckamuck” meant “food” (or, as a verb, “to eat”).

What means muck about?

Definition of muck about/around 1 : to spend time doing things that are not useful or serious : to waste time We just mucked about all afternoon. 2 : to be unfair or dishonest with (someone) : to lie to or cheat (someone) I want them to stop mucking me around.

What does muck muck mean to an Eskimo?

In the sense “person of authority”, it is short for “high muckamuck”, from Chinook Jargon hayo muckamuck (“plenty to eat, plenty of food” ). See muckety muck.

What is a high mucky muck?

muckety muck (plural muckety mucks) (US, colloquial) A high muckamuck; a person (especially self-important) in a position of power, authority, or status. [ from 20th c.]

What is high Muckamuck?

an important or influential
Definitions of high muckamuck. an important or influential (and often overbearing) person. synonyms: VIP, dignitary, high-up, panjandrum, very important person. type of: important person, influential person, personage. a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events.

What does muck out mean?

to clean
Definition of muck out : to clean (the place where a farm animal lives) : to remove animal waste and dirty hay, sawdust, etc., from (a place, such as a barn) We went to the barn to muck out the stalls.