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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

Other Words from muck


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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Carrie Mulligan and Zoe Kazan are Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, raking muck on monsters and, specifically, ex-head of Miramax Harvey Weinstein; Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher, and Samantha Morton costar. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 5 Jan. 2022 Parts of his resort were buried in waist-deep muck. New York Times, 27 Dec. 2021 As the Build Back Better bill fell into ruins, at least for now—as the promise of the child tax credit to help lift families out of poverty sank low into the political muck pulling at its feet—the critics came out. Erik Sherman, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 While Ferrell spends the first half of the series fretting and stuttering, Rudd gets to wallow in the dark muck that is Dr. Ike. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2021 The Army Corps of Engineers tried to blow up the land bridge with dynamite, but the muck only exploded sky high, then fell back in place. Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2021 Once a trail is built, maintainers deal with flooding, erosion and problems created by humans, who have a pernicious tendency to wander off a trail and muck about in fragile forest understory. Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2021 While its larger Bridgestone Dueler A/T RH-S all-terrain tires performed no better in the muck than the Jeep's all-seasons, the Bronco could comfortably bound over rough ground at speeds that would buck the Wrangler out of control. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 26 Nov. 2021 Anyone who’s sat in the muck of a heartbreak can appreciate that relief—even a momentary release from the grip of unanswered questions and the relentless inspection of memories for answers is precious. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Tiny amounts of water still remain across a wide area, forming what’s essentially muck that only a bird could stand in without sinking. Herald And News, oregonlive, 15 June 2021 Many machines that control pipelines, refineries and power plants are well past their prime, have few protections against sophisticated attacks and could be manipulated to muck with equipment or cause damage, cybersecurity experts say. David Uberti, WSJ, 9 May 2021 Wing backs Sergino Dest and Jordi Alba will be expected to run up and down the pitch in defense and attack, and as De Jong is having to muck in elsewhere, Pedri will partner Sergio Busquets in the heart of midfield. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 21 Mar. 2021 The drummer, composer and poet William Hooker gained renown on New York’s experimental scene of the 1970s and ’80s, where postmodernism flowed through the gutters and the idea was usually to muck things up. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2021 Deeper lugs are better at biting into the ground but could hang on to mud and muck if the lugs aren’t spaced far enough apart. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, 6 Jan. 2021

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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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7 Jan 2022

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“Muck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of muck

: wet dirt or mud
: solid waste from farm animals : manure
: something that is disgusting


\ ˈmək How to pronounce muck (audio) \

Kids Definition of muck

1 : mud, mire
2 : soft moist barnyard manure

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