mud

noun
\ ˈməd How to pronounce mud (audio) \

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 1b 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)

mud

verb
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

guck (or gook), mire, muck, ooze, slime, slop, sludge, slush

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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

There’s a button on the shifter console to select normal (street driving), sand, mud or snow. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Honda Passport: off-road ready, city-smart," 11 Aug. 2019 Some animals spent the spell of extreme weather submerged in water and mud. Scottie Andrew And Katherine Dillinger, CNN, "Heat proves deadly for a 17-year-old lion at a North Carolina animal park," 25 July 2019 In one sense, the Colts did get something of a reality check in the snow and mud of Arrowhead Stadium. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "No longer underdogs, Colts turn to Chiefs playoff loss to fuel the fire," 24 July 2019 Property owners around Lake Dunlap now see shallow, muddy water and mud flats where there was once water. Josh Baugh, ExpressNews.com, "Lack of funds paints bleak future for Lake Dunlap dam, residents," 6 June 2019 This portable dog paw cleaner is basically a plastic cup with soft silicone bristles inside, which helps brush away any dirt or mud. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "This 4.5 Star Paw Mudbuster Will Help Keep Your Carpet Clean," 21 May 2019 Things like ketchup and mud left a bit of residue, but after washing according to the care instructions (with Woolite and warm water), all was good. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "We Poured Basically Everything on These Suede Boots to See If They Are Really Stain Resistant," 15 May 2019 In Jewish folklore, golems are anthropomorphic figures animated by magic, often depicted as large troll-like creatures made from clay or mud. Ferris Jabr, Harper's magazine, "The Story of Storytelling," 10 Mar. 2019 Ceres also had a peak, a towering mountain that researchers think was an ice volcano, driven by salty water and mud instead of magma. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is dead," 1 Nov. 2018

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mud

Noun

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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mud

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mud

: soft, wet dirt

mud

noun
\ ˈməd How to pronounce mud (audio) \

Kids Definition of mud

: soft wet earth or dirt

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