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Meaning of "McGuffin" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD MCGUFFIN

Coined (c. 1935) by Sir Alfred Hitchcock.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF MCGUFFIN

McGuffin  [məˈɡʌfɪn] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF MCGUFFIN

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Mcguffin is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES MCGUFFIN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

McGuffin

McGuffin is a surname of Scottish origin. Notable people with the surname include: ▪ David McGuffin, Canadian television correspondent ▪ Peter McGuffin, Northern Irish geneticist ▪ Samuel McGuffin, British politician...

Definition of McGuffin in the English dictionary

The definition of McGuffin in the dictionary is an object or event in a book or a film that serves as the impetus for the plot.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH MCGUFFIN


bluefin
ˈbluːˌfɪn
bowfin
ˈbəʊˌfɪn
coffin
ˈkɒfɪn
cuffin
ˈkʌfɪn
dauphin
ˈdɔːfɪn
delphin
ˈdɛlfɪn
dolphin
ˈdɒlfɪn
elfin
ˈɛlfɪn
fin
fɪn
Finn
ˈfɪn
griffin
ˈɡrɪfɪn
humgruffin
hʌmˈɡrʌfɪn
MacGuffin
məˈɡʌfɪn
muffin
ˈmʌfɪn
paraffin
ˈpærəfɪn
puffin
ˈpʌfɪn
ragamuffin
ˈræɡəˌmʌfɪn
redfin
ˈrɛdˌfɪn
serafin
ˈserəfɪn
tiffin
ˈtɪfɪn

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE MCGUFFIN

McCoy
McCullers
McDonald
McEnroe
McEwan
McEwen
MCG
McGonagall
McGrath
McGregor
McGuinness
McGwire
MCh
McIndoe
McIntosh
McIntosh red
McJob
McKean
McKellen
McKenna

WORDS THAT END LIKE MCGUFFIN

a nail in one´s coffin
anal fin
Baffin
biffin
blackfin
boffin
caudal fin
chromaffin
cycloparaffin
dorsal fin
Ecofin
English muffin
liquid paraffin
nitroparaffin
olefin
perfin
polyolefin
threadfin
uncoffin
yellowfin

Synonyms and antonyms of McGuffin in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «McGuffin» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF MCGUFFIN

Find out the translation of McGuffin to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of McGuffin from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «McGuffin» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

麦高菲
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

McGuffin
570 millions of speakers

English

McGuffin
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

McGuffin
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

ماكجفين
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

McGuffin
278 millions of speakers

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McGuffin
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

McGuffin
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

McGuffin
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

McGuffin
190 millions of speakers

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McGuffin
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

マクガフィン
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

McGuffin
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

McGuffin
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

McGuffin
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

McGuffin
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

मॅगफिन
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

McGuffin
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

McGuffin
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

McGuffin
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

McGuffin
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

McGuffin
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

McGuffin
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

McGuffin
14 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Swedish

McGuffin
10 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Norwegian

McGuffin
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of McGuffin

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «MCGUFFIN»

The term «McGuffin» is quite widely used and occupies the 49.651 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «MCGUFFIN» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «McGuffin» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «McGuffin» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about McGuffin

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «MCGUFFIN»

Discover the use of McGuffin in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to McGuffin and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Paddle Your Own Canoe : [an Illustrated Guide to the Art of ...
The most comprehensive book ever written on canoeing technique... essential guide for recreational paddlers is packed with information. -- Bushwacker's Wilderness Journal 09/2003.
Gary McGuffin, Joanie McGuffin, 2003
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Botanical Safety Handbook
The editors of this book are among the most respected leaders in the herbal products industry. Their experience includes years of clinical practice, manufacturing and industry governance, and significant writing and lecturing about herbs.
Michael McGuffin, 1997
3
A killing in real estate: an Amos McGuffin mystery
Veteran gumshoe Amos McGuffin is prowling the back alleys and penthouses of Manhattan in search of the killer of a real estate kingpin, but before long he is fighting for his life in the Big Apple
Robert Upton, 1990
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The Wonders: The Defining Statements of Existence
This book — the first in a sereies of books from The Wonders — has been developed from a series of six sessions on what The Wonders term The Defining Statements of Existence.
Rene Gaudette, Maggie McGuffin Gaudette, Maggie McGuffin-Gaudette, 2001
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Superior: Journeys on an Inland Sea
Illustrated with breathtaking photographs, this is the story of the McGuffins' incredible 80-day, 2,000-mile circumnavigation of Lake Superior.
Gary McGuffin, Joanie McGuffin, 1995
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Behavioral Genetics
This book provides an overview of human and animal behavioral genetics and examines the crossroads where the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and genetics intersect.
Robert Plomin, 2008
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Annotated List of the Lepidoptera of Alberta, Canada
1426 * R 1427 * U 1428 * R 1429 * R 1430 R 1431 * R 1432 * R 1433 R 1434 R 1434.1 * P 1435 * R T: McGuffin (1972), Ferguson (2008) L: Bowman (1951), Prentice (1963), McGuH'in (1972), Ferguson (2008) C: CNC, NFRC, PMAE, UASM ...
Greg Pohl, Gary Anweiler, Christian Schmidt, 2010
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Mickey McGuffin's Ear
"Ever know a kid who had trouble listening? Was that kid maybe even you? Then you'll understand why our hero says: 'It's not an easy job to hear all that stuff...'"--Jacket.
John Bruce Hall, 2005
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Handbuch D.zoologie Bd.4/35 Kristensen:lepid.1ae
17.3D, E) (McGuffin 1987; Rindge 1985); Boarmiini (e. g., as in Fig. 17.3 F) ( McDunnough 1920, as Cleorini; Hypomecis- complexof Sato 1984; McGuffin 1987; Holloway [1994]); Melanolophini (McGuffin 1987; Rindge 1990); Ennomini (Forbes ...
Niels P. Kristensen, 1999
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Report of Cases Determined in the Supreme Court of Appeals ...
Brannon, Judge : A written contract was made between R. M. McGuffin and Gory Hogg by which McGuffin agreed to sell to Hogg 50 shares of the stock of the Pike Colleries Company at the par value of $100 each; and the contract provided that  ...
West Virginia. Supreme Court of Appeals, Edgar P. Rucker, Clarke W. May, 1910

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «MCGUFFIN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term McGuffin is used in the context of the following news items.
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Miss Alabama Visits Sumter County
Meg McGuffin appeared at Sumter Health and Rehab in York to talk to residents at its assisted living facility. She spent the day having ... «WTOK, Jul 15»
2
Ant-Man Originally Had A Completely Different Opening Scene
... was originally going to start with a sequence set in Panama, where Dr. Hank Pym was given a mission to retrieve a very important McGuffin:. «Cinema Blend, Jul 15»
3
2015 Group of Seven and Glenn Gould Train Event Postponed until …
The research done by art historian Michael Burtch and adventurers Joanie and Gary McGuffin on their trips by rail to bush-wack into the sites is ... «Wawa-news.com, Jul 15»
4
Bowling: 54th Annual Miracle Strip tourney underway
Youth: Ryan Randall 225-234-618, Berkley Fanugao 162, Shelby Renfroe 158, Bailee McGuffin 150, Heather Nye 149. Circle Bowling Center. «Pensacola News Journal, Jul 15»
5
The Strain: By Any Means review
In the present, Setrakian is still looking for the book which seems to be the McGuffin for this season. The search for the book brought Setrakian ... «Den of Geek!, Jul 15»
6
Miss Alabama to be in Arab next Saturday
The newly crowned Miss Alabama, Meg McGuffin, will emcee the event. Also that night will be the Rising Star program for girls ages 7-11. «Arab Tribune, Jul 15»
7
Quotes of the day
I think the nuclear issue was a mere pretext, a Hitchcockian McGuffin. Iran will be a nuclear state, and very soon. The joke inspections regime ... «Hot Air, Jul 15»
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Births recorded at The Medical Center
... Green; a girl to Amanda Brabham and Steven Trent of Bowling Green; and a boy to Rebecca McGuffin and Kris Tibbles of Lewisburg. «Bowling Green Daily News, Jul 15»
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Attracting tourism: Consistency an important factor when marketing …
Tourism is “built for tourists but is a gift for the locals,” Amy McGuffin likes to say. McGuffin has been the tourism director for the Kittitas County ... «Daily Record, Jul 15»
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So what's up with that Avenger cameo in 'Ant-Man'?
Scott manages to evade Sam, break down his Falcon suit and get away with the McGuffin device that Hank sent him there for in the first place. «USA TODAY, Jul 15»

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