Definition of muggy in US English:


adjectivemuggier, muggiest

  • (of the weather) unpleasantly warm and humid.

    • ‘All that hot muggy weather was really starting to get to me’
    • ‘Over here it's that muggy heat that you can't breathe.’
    • ‘It was extremely muggy and humid, making anyone who had stayed in there for ten minutes start to sweat.’
    • ‘They walked slowly, as the humid and muggy atmosphere seemed to way them down.’
    • ‘The muggy weather made my clothes stick to my body and I tossed in my bed.’
    • ‘Forecasters said the UK would take on a tropical feel, with sticky and muggy weather making conditions unpleasant.’
    • ‘So it was another late night yesterday, made worse by the very hot muggy weather making it almost impossible to get to sleep even with the fan on number two all night.’
    • ‘Came home to warm, muggy weather and, apparently, it rained here at the house.’
    • ‘Halle rested against the cold steel, refreshing from the muggy outdoor weather, and looked at him blankly.’
    • ‘After two weeks of the muggy heat, though, Maurer said the Minnesota weather was a welcome relief.’
    • ‘July had faded into August, and the nice warm days had become hot and muggy.’
    • ‘The weather was warm though and the rooms were muggy and humid.’
    • ‘It's ever so close in the lounge, dear, clammy, muggy, stuffy, humid, hot.’
    • ‘Although it was pouring with rain, the day was so warm and muggy that the cows were literally steaming, you could see clouds of moisture rising from them.’
    • ‘Then when summer finally arrives, we blast the air conditioning and nag about how muggy and unbearable the weather is.’
    • ‘Since the room was stuffy and muggy without the air conditioner running all the time, just turning the thing off wasn't an option.’
    • ‘Southend seemed to suffer the worst of today's storms, but the weathermen say it will remain warm and muggy for a while yet.’
    • ‘The first version was cold and rainy; the second was miserably hot, smotheringly muggy.’
    • ‘It's so muggy and sticky and every time I breathe in, the air feels disgustingly warm and damp.’
    • ‘So you'd think it would be hot and muggy there, and people wouldn't want to be bothered with wearing too much pesky clothing, right?’
    humid, close, sultry, sticky, steamy, oppressive, airless, stifling, suffocating, stuffy, clammy, damp, moist, soupy, heavy, fuggy, like a turkish bath, like a sauna
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Mid 18th century: from dialect mug ‘mist, drizzle’, from Old Norse mugga.