noun mo·rass \mə-ˈras, m-\

: an area of soft, wet ground : a marsh or swamp

Full Definition of MORASS

:  marsh, swamp
a :  a situation that traps, confuses, or impedes <a legal morass>
b :  an overwhelming or confusing mass or mixture <a morass of traffic jams — Mary Roach>
mo·rassy \-ˈra-sē\ adjective

Examples of MORASS

  1. <advised against becoming involved in that country's civil war, warning that escape from that morass might prove nigh impossible>
  2. <the distracted driver had driven his car off the road and into a morass>

Origin of MORASS

Dutch moeras, modification of Old French maresc, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English mersc marsh — more at marsh
First Known Use: 1655

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MORASSY Defined for Kids


noun mo·rass \mə-ˈras\

Definition of MORASS for Kids

:  marsh, swamp


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