[huhg-er-muhg-er] /ˈhʌg ərˌmʌg ər/
disorder or confusion; muddle.
Why is there such hugger-mugger about the scheme?
secret or clandestine.
disorderly or confused.
verb (used with object)
to keep secret or concealed; hush up.
verb (used without object)
to act secretly.
adjective, adverb (archaic)
(transitive) to keep secret
(intransitive) to act secretly
also huggermugger, “secretly,” 1520s, one of a number of similar-sounding reduplicated words in use around this time and meaning much the same thing, including hucker-mucker, which may be the original of the bunch if the root is, as some think, Middle English mukre “to hoard up, conceal.” Also cf. Middle English hukmuck, late 15c., name of some sort of device for cleansing.
[huhg-er-muhg-uh-ree] /ˈhʌg ərˌmʌg ə ri/ noun, plural hugger-mugger-ies. 1. (defs 1, 2).
[huhg-inz] /ˈhʌg ɪnz/ noun 1. Charles Brenton [bren-tn] /ˈbrɛn tn/ (Show IPA), 1901–97, U.S. surgeon and medical researcher, born in Canada: Nobel Prize 1966. /ˈhʌɡɪnz/ noun 1. Sir William. 1824–1910, British astronomer. He pioneered the use of spectroscopy in astronomy and discovered the red shift in the lines of a stellar spectrum Huggins Hug·gins (hŭg’ĭnz), […]
/ˈhʌɡɪ/ adjective -gier, -giest 1. (informal) sensitive and caring: a soft, lovely, huggy person
adjective (also kissy-huggy or kissy-kissy) Very affectionate; buddy-buddy, palsy-walsy: We are all very huggy-huggy with each other/ This is not gonna be a kissy-huggy book/ The kissy-kissy socials had all but disappeared (1980s+)