Definition of mucker in English:



  • 1A person who removes dirt and waste, especially from mines or stables.

    • ‘At age 16, he began working in the mine as a mucker - the dirtiest and most difficult job in the mine.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2British informal A friend or companion.

    ‘we felt like old muckers’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My second visit was when my old housemate and mucker Susan Perks was in the show ‘Celebrity Big Brother’.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘All his comedy muckers are in the book, along with others, almost forgotten, such as Charlie Drake, Dickie Henderson, Alfred Marks and Norman Vaughan.’
    • ‘What makes the whole story even more delicious is that our old mucker Fred Durst was on the show.’
    • ‘A little tip Robbie, me old mucker… you are the entertainer, so entertain.’
    • ‘Of course, he's an old mucker of yours, Bobby George, isn't he?’
    • ‘I told my muckers in the army that I went on the march of 2 million against the war.’
    • ‘He could have been red-carded for that, and the Italian coaches, Brad Johnstone and my old mucker John Kirwan, must have been tearing out what little remains of their hair.’
    • ‘But there is an awkwardness about Rangers manager Alex McLeish, his major mucker since the pair came through as teenagers at Aberdeen, becoming the man he must master.’
    • ‘Mouse usually plays a pre-Cheltenham round of golf with his mucker Charlie Swan, but not this year.’
    • ‘Duff has indeed expressed the wish to be re-reunited with his old mucker after the latter finishes his spell in one of Her Majesty's penal institutions, noting: ‘I can't believe a stupid fight came to this.’’
    • ‘After luxuriating in the playful sonic palette (and fine cast of notable collaborators) that Byrne's one-time mucker Brian Eno brought to the band's studio productions, the listener's rudely woken by the later work.’
    • ‘He ignored perhaps a dozen requests for an interview, including a plea via his old mucker Cascarino.’
    • ‘Some, however, such as his old mucker Major, believe the question is still unresolved.’
    • ‘One night, after a big substance abuse session with his layabout muckers, Herbie leaves the flat only to be met by a solitary figure in a boiler suit and white gas mask.’
    • ‘Delighted to see my old mucker Bob McLean has a new book out charting the history of the Campaign for a Scottish Assembly / Parliament.’
    • ‘No other two great thinkers (not me and my mucker, the other two) have supplied the world with such an open invitation to knowing so dangerously little.’
    • ‘Despite the rivalry, he insists he is still good muckers with Amis, who he thinks receives an inexplicably hostile press, and Barnes, who he says has been in hiding finishing a novel.’
    companion, boon companion, bosom friend, best friend, close friend, intimate, confidante, confidant, familiar, soul mate, alter ego, second self, shadow, playmate, playfellow, classmate, schoolmate, workmate, ally, comrade, associate
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  • 3US informal, dated A rough or coarse person.

    • ‘These greedy muckers, they would cheat the village of their money and maybe one day they would just rebel and loot the village!’
    • ‘Things are getting desperate, but Dashti is just a simple mucker and a Lady's maid.’
    • ‘Billy was a mucker, a hoodlum, a gangster, a thug, a tough.’
    • ‘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.’


Middle English: from muck + -er; mucker probably from the phrase muck in. mucker is probably from German Mucker sulky person.