One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who removes dirt and waste, especially from mines or stables.
- ‘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’
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, associateView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Delighted to see my old mucker Bob McLean has a new book out charting the history of the Campaign for a Scottish Assembly / Parliament.’
- ‘My second visit was when my old housemate and mucker Susan Perks was in the show ‘Celebrity Big Brother’.’
- ‘All his comedy muckers are in the book, along with others, almost forgotten, such as Charlie Drake, Dickie Henderson, Alfred Marks and Norman Vaughan.’
- ‘A little tip Robbie, me old mucker… you are the entertainer, so entertain.’
- ‘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.’’
- ‘Mouse usually plays a pre-Cheltenham round of golf with his mucker Charlie Swan, but not this year.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Spent a very pleasant evening last week down the pub with my old mucker Joseph Kaye, a good mate from school.’
- ‘Some, however, such as his old mucker Major, believe the question is still unresolved.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A good chance to spend more time with your old mucker Fraser’
- ‘What makes the whole story even more delicious is that our old mucker Fred Durst was on the show.’
3US dated, informal 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!’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Things are getting desperate, but Dashti is just a simple mucker and a Lady's maid.’
come a mucker
1dated, informal Fall heavily.‘I came a mucker over the bank on my third run’
- 1.1Suffer a defeat or disaster.‘they agreed that if a man tried to be too clever he was bound to come a mucker’
- 1.1Suffer a defeat or disaster.
Middle English: from muck + -er; mucker (sense 2) probably from the phrase muck in. mucker (sense 3) is probably from German Mucker ‘sulky person’.
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