Borrowed from Chinook Jargon muckamuck (“food”). In the sense "person of authority", it is short for "high muckamuck", from Chinook Jargon hayo muckamuck (“plenty to eat, plenty of food”). See muckety muck. The ultimate source of the word is unclear; it is possible it was invented in Chinook Jargon rather than taken into the jargon from another language.
- (countable, colloquial, sometimes derogatory) A person in a position of power or authority, or of high status.
- 2007 November 11, “A Sampler From Mailer”, in New York Times:
- Allen had the wit — God, I love that man when he's at his best — to invite all the new Kennedy muckamucks to an evening with a number of us at the Alibi Club.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:important person
- (uncountable, US, dialectal, possibly dated) Food.
- 1884, Newton H. Chittenden, Official report of the exploration of the Queen Charlotte Islands, page 69:
- She apparently has her own way in everything now, the old chief being quite satisfied to get his rations of muckamuck and tobacco without troubling himself as to how it is provided.
- 1906, in The Coast, volumes 11-12, page 160:
- But old Halascum once, under the mellowing influence of having sold some furs, and seeing the great quantities of muckamuck, or goodly things to eat, which his prize had furnished, was led to tell the mystery […]
- muckamuck at OneLook Dictionary Search