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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 aroundmucking around with his computer
c : interfere, meddle usually used with about or around

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mucker noun

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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 Biologists worked a few of these, scraping up bacteria from the muck, studying extremophiles to consider life-forms that might exist on other planets. Ryan Bradley, Popular Science, "Glimpse the gold mine where scientists are searching for dark matter," 27 Oct. 2020 Her small site, poking out of the muck, is just the beginning. National Geographic, "Episode 4: The Tree at the End of the World," 7 July 2020 The ground was a peaty muck, sucking at every step. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "Hunting Black Bears with Hounds in the Famed Bruin Swamps of North Carolina," 7 Oct. 2020 Wearing headlamps and muck boots, the band of volunteer conservationists trudges into dark forests in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and surrounding communities, turning over leaves and shining lights on tree trunks. Rene Ebersole, National Geographic, "National parks are being overrun by invasive species," 24 June 2020 Some of the sludge settled in the Tarpon River, leaving a layer of muck about an inch thick, Fort Lauderdale officials say. Susannah Bryan,, "Fort Lauderdale to pay millions to dredge waterways soiled by sewage," 21 Oct. 2020 The muck ruins shoes and turns moist feet into hamburger. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "Migrant Workers Restricted to Farms Under One Grower’s Virus Lockdown," 19 Oct. 2020 Vignettes by the playwright Charles Mee about the danger and mess of love were charged by a physical context: bowling balls swinging on cables and 52 buckets over the stage dropping flour, feathers, confetti and other muck. New York Times, "7 Things to Do This Weekend," 8 Oct. 2020 In 2012, an 85-year-old scientist and his son-in-law pulled a cylinder of muck from a faraway island. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Sediment sample from remote island offers insight into Bering Sea ice over the last 5,000 years," 26 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But even if the tariff-happy Trump is not around in January to muck with their business, brewers worry that there is more political trouble ahead, with Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi engaged in their own saber-rattling at foreign trade. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Beer-Drinkers and Tax-Raisers," 1 Oct. 2020 Ducks and other water birds muck about while carrying myriad strains of influenza A; pigs aren’t fazed by hosting hepatitis E. Rachel Ehrenberg, Ars Technica, "The bat-virus détente," 3 July 2020 Combining smart functionality, powerful suction, adequate runtime and ease of use, the Jashen is a formidable opponent to muck and dust. Scott Simone, CNN Underscored, "The Jashen V16 vacuum is Dyson-like in power at half the price," 3 July 2020 Fine particles also seem to muck with the lungs’ ability to expel viruses and bacteria, hence the susceptibility to tuberculosis (caused by a bacteria) and pneumonia (an infection caused by both bacteria and viruses). Matt Simon, Wired, "Will Wildfire Smoke Worsen the Pandemic? We're About to Find Out," 22 May 2020 And yet, the automobile didn't need hay or to have its stall mucked. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "I Want An Electric Chevy Camaro IROC," 7 Apr. 2020 Within, ultraprecise experiments can take place with only minute interference from the results-mucking effects of Earth, electronics, living bodies, and more. Sarah Lewin Frasier, Scientific American, "The Room with the Weakest Magnetic Field on Earth," 1 Aug. 2015 Phenotypic plasticity is the ability of a species to respond to environmental stressors—like temperature swings—by altering their physiology without mucking with all the underlying genetics. Matt Simon, Wired, "This Marsupial Dies After Marathon Mating. Now It's Got Bigger Worries," 12 Feb. 2020 If Coleman, Ramey or Andrew Jones managed to penetrate, another Bear would slide in to muck it all up. Nick Moyle,, "Reeling and short-handed, Texas falls to No. 1 Baylor," 10 Feb. 2020

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

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26 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Muck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of muck

: wet dirt or mud
chiefly British : solid waste from farm animals
informal : 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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