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Definition of muck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : soft moist farmyard manure
2 : slimy dirt or filth
3a : defamatory remarks or writings
b : rubbish, nonsense mindless muck
4a(1) : dark highly organic soil
(2) : mire, mud
b : something resembling muck : gunk
5 : material removed in the process of excavating or mining


mucked; mucking; mucks

Definition of muck (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to clean up especially : to clear of manure or filth usually used with out
b : to clear of muck
2 : to dress (something, such as soil) with muck
3 : to dirty with or as if with muck : soil

intransitive verb

1 : to move or load muck (as in a mine)
2a : to engage in aimless activity usually used with about or around
b : putter, tinker usually used with about or around mucking around with his computer
c : interfere, meddle usually used with about or around

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mucker noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for muck

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of muck in a Sentence

Noun Clean that muck off your shoes. spattered with muck from the pigpen Verb you can't work in the garden and not expect to muck your clothes
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Goldie Hawn isn't afraid to get into the muck of things for a good cause! Dan Heching,, 5 May 2022 Take a type of permafrost called yedoma: frozen, silty muck from the Pleistocene era that releases 10 times more greenhouse gases than other types of thawing ice. Lois Parshley, Anchorage Daily News, 3 May 2022 They were grounded in the flux and the muck of the ’70s, the grand descent from idealism, all of which Wertmüller captured with a wistful look back at the world that was gone. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 9 Dec. 2021 The main foes during the massive cleanup: muck, mud and sewage., 4 Sep. 2021 And a large-scale project to remove all that muck from the bottom of Lake Jesup would be too massive and costly. Martin E. Comas,, 10 Sep. 2021 Pollen samples from lake-bottom muck also show that basswoods, hickories, elms and other trees grew in Alaska and other northern places millions of years ago. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Jan. 2022 Study lead author Matthew Waters, a limnologist at Auburn University, and his colleagues sampled a 5.5-meter core of lake-bed muck and found a 2,100-year record of algae blooms, possibly caused by runoff from settlements and farms in the watershed. Rebecca Dzombak, Scientific American, 30 Mar. 2022 There has always been something off-putting, to say the least, about Cruz’s self-important approach to peddling muck, but his performance at the Jackson hearings was sordid even by his standards. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 24 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These measures, which admirably try to address these complaints, just tend to muck things up and reinforce the idea that dealing with bureaucrats is a slow and costly process. Ross Marchand, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 If the April issue is any indication, readers need not worry that Mr. Bowles will muck it up. New York Times, 3 Mar. 2022 Even a Utopian might start to feel the future is out of our hands, that the tank has already turned to muck. Gregory Barber, Wired, 10 Feb. 2022 In an ideal world, every American would be getting quality journalism—news deserts would turn into lush sod for investigative reporters to muck around in. Clare Malone, The New Yorker, 3 Feb. 2022 Salpointe will try to muck it up and make teams work for baskets. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 22 Jan. 2022 Considering all these new ways to muck about with a potential love interest’s head, is ghosting starting to feel long in the tooth? Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2021 These three parties—the boys, Cal and Teddy, Miranda and Tiffany—must fight and muck and shout and swim and pray and, yes, raft their ways through the forest in search of redemption, forgiveness, and each other. Ashley Leath, Country Living, 1 July 2021 Yet the Ohio House of Representatives still managed on Thursday to muck this up. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 25 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of muck


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for muck


Middle English muk, perhaps from Old English -moc; akin to Old Norse myki dung

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19 May 2022

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“Muck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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\ ˈmək How to pronounce muck (audio) \

Kids Definition of muck

1 : mud, mire
2 : soft moist barnyard manure

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