Seems to have been taken from Caribbean English, in which it is (was) used to refer to a gullible person. The word has since undergone several changes in meaning, so that it now depends on which sense of the word the speaker has been exposed to. It was popularized in Scorsese's "Mean Streets" (1972), but when Johnny calls Jimmy a mook, it causes confusion: "Nobody knows what a mook is" even appears in the script.
"This type of student, rigorously following a daily assignment schedule and graphing his grades on the wall, is a never common but somewhat frequent phenomenon. The ‘grind’, ‘mook’, or ‘weenie’ superficially seems to satisfy the demands of Yale, but in many ways he is not alive to the spirit of the place."
--Yale Alumni Magazine, Jan. 21, 1958
"Call them knuckleheads or young white guys; Spin magazine lambasted them with the term ‘mooks’, a label that has since been picked up as a badge of honor."
--NY Times Magazine, Aug. 6, 2000: 39/2
(noun) - a less powerful enemy, easily dealt with, often appearing in large groups to present some challenge; a thug. Used especially in the context of pen-and-paper roleplaying games.
- Possibly first used in the roleplaying milieu in the game "Feng Shui" by Robin Laws.
- Possibly derived from "mook jung", the wooden training dummy used in wing chun style martial arts.
Other definitions for this word likely exist. Search also under "mook (n.)".
Player 1: Hey did you're all's characters get to face off last week against the lich-mage-king-of-death?
Player 2: Naaa. We just had them beat up on a bunch of zombie mooks.
Player 1: Guess I didn't miss much then
Mook - can be used as a noun or an adjective with the same meaning as "jackass" and "mother fucker" but in a more polite sense.
My basketball coach is a mook.
derogatory term to describe an undesirable individual.
Carrot Top is such a mook.
David is such a mook for not calling
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derivative of the word mooseknuckle
yo look at that fat mook
A fat, clown nosed, stinky, slutty, inconsiderate witch and cheap prostitute.
I've only got a few cents left...all I can afford is mook, and no one wants that.