Saturday, November 11, 2006


Straight women and gay men, I need your help. In this entry, our friend MadPriest has asked for a definition of "studmuffin." Remember, friends, he's on the other side of the pond, and sometimes our wacky Americanisms are a mystery to him.

I have an intuitive sense of what the term means: a guy who's attractive not merely because of his looks, but also his charm. I think it refers to a guy who's attractive, but with a soft side. But what's your definition?

Doing a Google search, I found these definitions:

  • The StudMuffin is . . . purported to possess stellar charm, a razor-sharp wit and a magnetic personality that is irresistible to women.
  • a word derived for a man who is in part perceived by females as a stud and with such a word as muffin added meaning that females also want to devour such a man as muffin would be from an oven
But I don't think those definitions capture what "studmuffin" means to me. I think I recognize one when I see him. But how would you define the qualities that make us call a male a "studmuffin"?

By the way, for those of you who haven't been reading here faithfully, this discussion arises because I referred to my cat Scotty as a "studmuffin." I know he is one; I just can't articulate why I know that term is apt.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Hunk seems to be the simple synonym ....


11/12/2006 1:00 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

To "Anonymous":

Fee, fie, fo, fum,
I smell the work
of a librarian.

Thanks for dropping in!

11/12/2006 3:53 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

Hunk who brings chocolate for no reason and who can listen to me without offering advice.

11/12/2006 8:08 PM  
Blogger Grace said...


Studmuffins are strong and masculine, but tender and cuddly at the sametime!! They are priceless. :)

11/17/2006 9:17 AM  

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