\ˈməd \

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)


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


He tracked mud into the house. The car was stuck in the mud.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Intense downpours that far exceeded the forecast created massive debris flows in Montecito, a coastal town east of Goleta, burying homes and cars under mud and boulders. Howard Blume,, "Another night of terror and calamity for Santa Barbara County as new destructive fire sweeps through," 8 July 2018 The four-wheel-drive system has low-range gearing for hills, sand and mud. star-telegram, "Infiniti QX80 full-size luxury SUV brings elegance, technology to the family hauler," 30 June 2018 Player's vehicles don't accumulate significant damage from wrecks, respawns are quick and simple and vehicle interaction with varying environments — such as sand or mud — aren't particularly impactful. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Crew 2': Game Review," 27 June 2018 Nicolas and his friends start sneaking out, discovering the mothers squirming together in mud under the moon. Lincoln Michel, GQ, "Évolution Is the Weirdest Sci-Fi Movie on Netflix," 23 June 2018 This is another example of Mayor Emanuel slinging mud with no solutions. Bill Ruthhart,, "McCarthy, Emanuel trade barbs on Trump ties, corruption," 21 June 2018 An iconic town clock that was knocked over and washed away during the floods that destroyed Ellicott City businesses last week has been found -- wedged in mud on the Patapsco River — and recovered. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, Howard County Times, "Iconic Ellicott City clock found, retrieved from muddy Patapsco," 2 June 2018 The ruins of the Case house, with a twisted yellow children’s slide sitting out front, caked in mud, came into view on the right. Andrew Carter And Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "NC dropped program to map landslide hazards. Could it have prevented the latest deaths?," 31 May 2018 On the outside, covered in mud, both Bravazo and Tenfold were slicing into the leaders with every stride. Tim Layden,, "Justify Emerges From the Fog at Preakness to Keep Triple Crown Pursuit Alive," 19 May 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


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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English Language Learners Definition of mud

: soft, wet dirt


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Kids Definition of mud

: soft wet earth or dirt

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to reject or criticize sharply

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