verb \ˈmə-dəl\

: to cause confusion in (someone or someone's mind)

: to mix up (something) in a confused way

mud·dledmud·dling \ˈməd-liŋ, ˈmə-dəl-iŋ\

Full Definition of MUDDLE

transitive verb
:  to make turbid or muddy
:  to befog or stupefy especially with liquor
:  to mix confusedly
:  to make a mess of :  bungle
intransitive verb
:  to think or act in a confused aimless way
mud·dler \ˈməd-lər, ˈmə-dəl-ər\ noun

Examples of MUDDLE

  1. <a car shopper thoroughly muddled by too much well-meaning advice>
  2. <some mischievous brat had muddled the household accounts>

Origin of MUDDLE

probably from obsolete Dutch moddelen, from Middle Dutch, from modde mud; akin to Middle Low German mudde
First Known Use: 1676

Rhymes with MUDDLE



: a state of confusion or disorder

: a situation or mistake caused by confusion

: a confused mess : a disordered mixture

Full Definition of MUDDLE

:  a state of especially mental confusion
:  a confused mess
mud·dly \ˈməd-lē, ˈmə-dəl-ē\ adjective

Examples of MUDDLE

  1. His papers were in a muddle.
  2. His mind was a muddle.

First Known Use of MUDDLE


Rhymes with MUDDLE


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