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1. Disorderly confusion; muddle.
2. Secrecy; concealment.
1. Disorderly; jumbled.
2. Secret; clandestine.
v. hug·ger-mug·gered, hug·ger-mug·ger·ing, hug·ger-mug·gers
To keep secret; conceal.
To act in a secretive manner.

[Origin unknown.]

hug′ger-mug′ger adv.
hug′ger-mug′ger·y n.
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1. confusion
2. rare secrecy
adj, adv
3. with secrecy
4. in confusion
5. (tr) to keep secret
6. (intr) to act secretly
[C16: of uncertain origin]
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(ˈhʌg ərˌmʌg ər)

1. disorder or confusion; muddle.
2. secrecy; reticence.
3. secret or clandestine.
4. disorderly or confused.
5. in a stealthy or disorderly manner; secretively or confusedly.
6. to keep secret or concealed; hush up.
[1520–30; orig. uncertain]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hugger-mugger - a state of confusion; "he engaged in the hugger-mugger of international finance"
confusion - disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably; "the army retreated in confusion"
Adj.1.hugger-mugger - in utter disorderhugger-mugger - in utter disorder; "a disorderly pile of clothes"
untidy - not neat and tidy; "careless and untidy in her personal habits"; "an untidy living room"; "untidy and casual about money"
2.hugger-mugger - conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methodshugger-mugger - conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods; "clandestine intelligence operations"; "cloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lines"; "hole-and-corner intrigue"; "secret missions"; "a secret agent"; "secret sales of arms"; "surreptitious mobilization of troops"; "an undercover investigation"; "underground resistance"
covert - secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed; "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels"
Adv.1.hugger-mugger - in secrecy; "they did it all hugger-mugger"
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A. Nconfusión f
a hugger-mugger of booksun montón de libros en desorden
B. ADVdesordenadamente
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