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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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MAGUFFIN, n. A foolish, blundering person, an oaf. [mə′gʌfɪn]Abd. 1832 W. Scott Poems 132:
Here comes the bold rake an' the smudget, From ev'ry quarter like a floodgate, Just to see fat game they wou'd get, These wild maguffins.

[Ma- + Eng. dial. and slang guffin, a stupid, clumsy person.]

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