muck

1 of 2

noun

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

muck

2 of 2

verb

mucked; mucking; mucks

transitive verb

1
a
: 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)
2
a
: 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
mucker noun

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
But the biggest message in all the muck is a sense of Biblical justice for Blasberg, a figure whose profile some observers think is smoke and mirrors in a town that demands proof of value. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 5 July 2024 Workers sorted through the muck and mud, uncovering dozens of artifacts nearly 2,000 years old. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 7 June 2024
Verb
To say Embiid mucked the game up is an understatement. Kristian Winfield, New York Daily News, 14 June 2024 Lukas did not grow up on some farm in Kentucky, mucking stables as a teenager and rubbing elbows all day, every day, with grizzled horsemen. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for muck 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of muck was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Muck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/muck. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

muck

1 of 2 noun
ˈmək
1
: soft moist barnyard manure
2
3
a
: dark rich soil
b
: mud, mire
mucky
ˈmək-ē
adjective

muck

2 of 2 verb
1
: to clean up
especially : to clear of manure or filth
2
: to dress with muck
3
: to dirty with or as if with muck

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