adjective \ˈmə-dē\

: filled or covered with mud

: similar to mud

: not clear or bright : dull or cloudy


Full Definition of MUDDY

:  morally impure :  base
a :  full of or covered with mud
b :  characteristic or suggestive of mud <a muddy flavor> <muddy colors>
c :  turbid with sediment
a :  lacking in clarity or brightness :  cloudy, dull <a muddy recording> <eyes muddy with sleep>
b :  obscure in meaning :  muddled, confused <muddy thinking>
mud·di·ly \ˈmə-də-lē\ adverb
mud·di·ness \ˈmə-dē-nəs\ noun

Examples of MUDDY

  1. <please do not walk in the house with muddy boots on, as you will get the carpet dirty>
  2. <whether muddy or not, water taken from lakes and streams should be boiled by campers>

First Known Use of MUDDY

15th century

Rhymes with MUDDY


transitive verb

: to cover (something) with mud

: to make (a color) cloudy or dull

: to cause (something) to become unclear or confused


Full Definition of MUDDY

:  to soil or stain with or as if with mud
:  to make turbid
:  to make cloudy or dull
:  confuse
muddy the waters
:  to make a situation more confusing or difficult

Examples of MUDDY

  1. The flooding muddied the roads.
  2. She muddied the color by adding some brown.
  3. muddying the line between fact and fiction
  4. The debate further muddied the issues.

First Known Use of MUDDY


Rhymes with MUDDY


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