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The origin of hugger-mugger is unknown; it is perhaps from Anglo-Irish cuggermugger, "a whispering, a low-voiced gossiping," from Irish cogair!, "whisper!". Compare Swedish mjugg. (dictionary.com)
- IPA: /ˈhʌɡəmʌɡə/
- (archaic) Secrecy.
- Shakespeare, Hamlet, act 4, scene 5
- We have done but greenly in hugger-mugger to inter him.
- Many things have been done in hugger-mugger.
- 1942, As we passed through the quadrangle the church was glowing more brightly than a pearl, like a lily in strong sunlight, in spite of all the scaffolding and hugger-mugger. — Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 990)