\ 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 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 In 1954, Republican Mildred Younger was running for a state Senate seat when mud was flung against a billboard of her near Figueroa Street and Sunset Boulevard. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: Hearts, minds and vaccines," 10 May 2021 Visitors should expect to encounter snow, ice and mud on some sections and carry bear spray, park officials say: grizzly bears have been sighted this spring. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Road into Denali National Park opens to Mile 30 on Friday, giving private drivers a chance to visit before bus traffic starts," 7 May 2021 The plump female swam in a tight loop carving out a circular depression in the soft mud. Steve West,, "Always something new at wetland wonderland | Opinion," 7 May 2021 The mud represents our suffering, pain and delusions, said Duncan Ryuken Williams, a Soto Zen Buddhist priest, retelling the ancient lesson. New York Times, "Repairing Generations of Trauma, One Lotus Flower at a Time," 5 May 2021 On the mud-spattered steps of Kabul’s blue mosque, a pomegranate half vibrates with worms. Aria Aber, The New Yorker, "Notes from the Ruined City," 3 May 2021 Puddles and mud may be present on stretches of path, so wear appropriate footwear. Patrick Connolly,, "Florida Fresh Air: Hal Scott Preserve has serene natural land for birds, humans," 30 Apr. 2021 Car tracks are still visible across the vacant lot, and mud from spinning tires is splattered across the side of Brown’s house. Washington Post, "Black residents of Elizabeth City, N.C., thought police violence happened in other places. Then it came to their town.," 30 Apr. 2021 This removes loose contaminants such as dust, dirt and mud. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, "How to Wash Your Car Like a Pro in 12 Steps," 29 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Workers are continuing to clear sand and mud away from the Ever Given, a 224,000-ton vessel that ran aground after 40-knot winds and a sandstorm caused low visibility and poor navigation. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Why the Suez Canal is so important -- and why its blockage could be so damaging," 26 Mar. 2021 Stubborn snow in the shaded hollows gives way to ice, which gives way to mud which eventually erupts in tiny shoots. Kelly Barnhill, Star Tribune, "Running helped Minnesota author Kelly Barnhill weather the seasons," 24 Mar. 2021 This is simply good cultural hygiene, and slippery slopes are a myth, critics say, as the mountain turns to mud and slides into the ocean. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Dr. Seuss Gets Blindsided by a Moral Minority," 3 Mar. 2021 One dirt road led to his village, and when heavy summer rains turned it to mud, travel was all but impossible. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Vilified abroad, popular at home: China's Communist Party at 100," 18 Feb. 2021 The path had turned to mud in the previous day’s rain, but above us the sky was bright blue, streaked with the wispiest of clouds, and the air smelled briny, with a strong sulfuric tang. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, "When a Virus Is the Cure," 14 Dec. 2020 The 40-acre island would be built just upstream of the dam with the sand and mud the corps dredges out of the lock to keep it open for navigation. Greg Stanley, Star Tribune, "To protect Mississippi River dam, Army Corps may build an island near Hastings," 16 Nov. 2020 If there were a finder’s fee for incredible archaeology, a lot of it would be paid to mud. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Archaeologists Found 115,000-Year-Old Human Footprints Where They Shouldn't Be," 23 Sep. 2020 The park is heavily used and that's contributed to grassy areas turning to mud and becoming subject to erosion, said West Allis City Engineer Peter Daniels. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The West Allis Skate Park is getting a $68,000 makeover with new features and increased capacity," 15 Sep. 2020

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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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14 May 2021

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“Mud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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