From Middle English mokken, from Old French mocquer, moquier, from Middle Dutch mocken or Middle Low German mucken ("to grumble, talk with the mouth half-opened"), both from Proto-West Germanic *mokkijan, *mukkijan, from Proto-Germanic *mukkijaną, *mūhaną, from Proto-Indo-European *mūg-, *mūk-. Cognate with Dutch mokken, Old High German firmucken ("to be stupid"), Modern German mucksen ("to utter a word; mumble; grumble"), West Frisian mokke, Swedish mucka, dialectal Dutch mokkel ("kiss").
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