Definition of muggle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɡ(ə)l/


A person who is not conversant with a particular activity or skill: she’s a muggle: no IT background, understanding, or aptitude at all
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  • This is absolutely typical of the tourist authorities, who are behaving like a bunch of muggles.
  • A neat spin on the driving test we muggles take as we ‘come of age’.


1990s: from mug1 + -le2; used in the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling to mean 'a person without magical powers'.

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