1. Privacy; secrecy. Commonly in the phrase in hugger-mugger, with haste and secrecy. [Archaic]
Many things have been done in hugger-mugger. --Fuller.
1. Secret; clandestine; sly.
2. Confused; disorderly; slovenly; mean; as, hugger-mugger doings.
adj 1: in utter disorder; "a disorderly pile of clothes" [syn: disorderly,
higgledy-piggledy, jumbled, topsy-turvy]
2: 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"
[syn: clandestine, cloak-and-dagger, hole-and-corner(a),
hush-hush, on the quiet(p), secret, surreptitious,
n : a state of confusion; ritual accompanied by complicated and
purposeless activity that obscures and confuses; "he
engaged in the hugger-mugger of international finance"
[syn: mumbo jumbo]
adv : in secrecy; "they did it all hugger-mugger"