mud

noun
\ 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)

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

School halls, mosques and community spaces teemed with people, the narrow access roads clogged with vehicles and thick layers of mud. I Made Sentana, WSJ, "Indonesia Tsunami Death Toll Expected to Rise as Crews Reach Villages," 25 Dec. 2018 Burke and his kids hid in a bedroom until a wall of mud came through the doors. Todd Pitman, Fox News, "AP WAS THERE: 2013 typhoon kills thousands in Philippines," 15 Sep. 2018 To address all that fun, Land Rover's rinse system holds approximately 1.7 gallons of water and can be used for a full five minutes (enough time to get even the largest Lab free of mud). Leah Melby Clinton, Town & Country, "This Luxury Auto Brand Is Making Traveling with Your Dogs Easier," 24 Aug. 2018 But if Reid wins, there is little to dissuade people from contributing to online mob behavior of the sort that dragged La Liberte through the mud. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Amazon’s HQ2 stunt could come back to haunt it," 14 Nov. 2018 Justify won the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, leading the pack of 20 horses through the mud at Churchill Downs. CBS News, "Justify wins 2018 Kentucky Derby – full results list," 5 May 2018 In horror, mud and sleeplessness, a week / Of bursting shells, of blood and hideous cries / And the ever-watchful sniper . . David Yezzi, WSJ, "‘Robert Graves’ Review: A Poet of Love and War," 23 Nov. 2018 These bags dangle off the frame like shingles, creating the the canvas for the drone’s mud. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Mud-spraying drones could help build emergency shelters," 27 Sep. 2018 And then remember the ABA which leads to the left who said about his integrity, not just a plus, a plus-plus to have that drag to the mud. Fox News, "Kavanaugh: I never sexually assaulted anyone," 24 Sep. 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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mud

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mud

: soft, wet dirt

mud

noun
\ ˈməd \

Kids Definition of mud

: soft wet earth or dirt

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