muffin top

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A muffin top (bulging roll of flesh)


From the shape of the top of a muffin (a cupcake), which bulges over the top of its paper container.


muffin top (plural muffin tops)

  1. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see muffin,‎ top; the top of a muffin, sometimes removed to be eaten separately.
    • 2011, Sherri Liberman, American Food by the Decades, page 134,
      Kellogg also expanded the brand by introducing pancakes, mini waffles, French toast, and muffin tops.
  2. (colloquial) The roll of flesh that bulges over the top of excessively tight trousers.
    • 2009, Tracy Beckerman, do you know the muffin top, Beth Feldman (editor), See Mom Run: Side-Splitting Essays from the World's Most Harried Blogging Moms, page 38,
      Finally, I stopped lunging and with my Baby Belly, my Bat Wings, my Muffin Top and my Banana Folds, I rolled up my yoga mat and walked to the door.
    • 2010, Guido DiErio, Fist Pump: An In-Your-Face Guide to Going Guido, page 133,
      You should certainly aim for shorts tight enough to accomplish two ends: constricting proper blood flow and providing a nice canvas for your muffin-top.
    • 2011, Marissa De Luna, Goa Traffic, page 95,
      She hated her flat hair and her muffin top that spilled ever so slightly from her jeans, and she had felt increasingly uninspired at work.


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