Definition of mucker in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmʌkə/


1A person who removes dirt and waste, especially from mines or stables.
Example sentences
  • As the lead instructor, owner, operator and stall mucker of KD Stable, I am not afraid of work.
  • I am an adult person, also a horse owner, who is available for part-time or full-time work as mucker or groomer.
  • At age 16, he began working in the mine as a mucker - the dirtiest and most difficult job in the mine.
2British informal A friend or companion: we felt like old muckers
More example sentences
  • Spent a very pleasant evening last week down the pub with my old mucker Joseph Kaye, a good mate from school.
  • A good chance to spend more time with your old mucker Fraser
  • I was delighted to play alongside him for one last time; I wanted to play with my old mucker before he retired and went home to Iceland.
3US informal, dated A rough or coarse person.
Example sentences
  • And if you're saying such a stupid thing you're most likely the wickedest mucker in the entire office. Thing is, you don't have to work with or around yourself.
  • These greedy muckers, they would cheat the village of their money and maybe one day they would just rebel and loot the village!
  • Billy was a mucker, a hoodlum, a gangster, a thug, a tough.


come a mucker

British informal, dated another way of saying come a cropper (see cropper).


Middle English: from muck + -er1; sense 2 probably from the phrase muck in. sense 3 is probably from German Mucker 'sulky person'.

Words that rhyme with mucker

chukka (US chukker), ducker, felucca, plucker, pucker, pukka, shucker, succour (US succor), sucker, trucker, tucker, yucca

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Line breaks: muck¦er

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