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Definition of mud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a slimy sticky mixture of solid material with a liquid and especially water especially : soft wet earth
2 : abusive and malicious remarks or charges political campaigners slinging mud at each other
3 : anathema sense 1a usually used in the phrase one's name is mud
4 : a mixture of water, clay, and chemicals used in oil-well drilling and having various functions (such as lubrication and cooling of the bit and flushing of rock particles to the surface)


mudded; mudding

Definition of mud (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make muddy or turbid
2 : to treat or plaster with mud

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Synonyms for mud

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of mud in a Sentence

Noun He tracked mud into the house. The car was stuck in the mud.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ford shared three close-up images of the upcoming 2021 Bronco and a logo covered in mud on Instagram today. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Ford Posts Even More Bronco Teaser Images to Get You through the Weekend," 11 July 2020 There were bits of broken shells smushed into the mud—lots of them. National Geographic, "Episode 4: The Tree at the End of the World," 7 July 2020 The man had scrapes and cuts on his arms and legs, he was covered in mud and his shorts were ripped. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Freeway ramp solicitor feels threatened by man with scissors: Brook Park police blotter," 3 July 2020 Images from the Facebook page of Myanmar's fire service showed a rescue team pulling bodies out of the mud and carrying them up a steep rock face that appears to be flooding. Helen Regan, CNN, "Jade mine landslide kills at least 100 in Myanmar, with more people still missing," 2 July 2020 Hulu is pulling a Golden Girls episode that featured a scene with the main characters wearing mud masks. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "A Golden Girls Episode Was Removed By Hulu Over Blackface Controversy," 28 June 2020 After going upstream, the victim tried to swim back to shore but got stuck in the mud. oregonlive, "Transgender teen assaulted, robbed in Wilsonville, police say," 9 July 2020 But that December dayit rained so hard that Pinkard, who was driving, panicked when their truck got stuck in the mud. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "'We tried to be so careful': Navajo rancher and retired nurse dies from COVID-19," 2 July 2020 Emergency workers had to slog through heavy mud to retrieve bodies by wrapping them in the plastic sheets, which were then hung on crossed wooden poles shouldered by the recovery teams., "Landslide at Myanmar jade mine kills at least 162 people," 2 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Two children were killed Saturday night at a mudding event accident in Middle Georgia, according to multiple reports. Steve Burns, ajc, "2 children killed at Georgia mudding event, officials say," 17 June 2018 JS: In Peter's [Beard] calendar, Malgosia [Bella] and Mariacarla [Boscono] had to mud wrestle while two elephants two feet away kicked the mud onto them. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Casting the Pirelli: Jennifer Starr Uncovers the Calendar's Secrets," 14 Nov. 2011

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First Known Use of mud


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mud


Middle English mudde, probably from Middle Low German

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The first known use of mud was in the 14th century

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24 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mud

: soft, wet dirt


\ ˈməd How to pronounce mud (audio) \

Kids Definition of mud

: soft wet earth or dirt

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