- to waste time; putter
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Muck
Origin of Muck
From Middle English mok, muk, from Old Norse myki, mykr (“dung") (compare Icelandic mykja), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)meug (“slick, slippery"), *meuk (compare Welsh mign (“swamp"), Latin mÅ«cus (“snot"), mucere (“to be moldy or musty"), Latvian mukls (“swampy"), Albanian myk (“mould"), Ancient Greek mýxa 'mucus, lamp wick', mýkes 'fungus'), from *(s)meug, meuk 'to slip'. More at meek.
Middle English muk of Scandinavian origin Old Norse myki dung
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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