\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

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 Being ankle deep in mud, on a narrow trail traversing a precipitous hillside that was sloping down who-knew-how-far-or-where, and then trying to collect a specimen hidden just out of reach behind a tangle of greenery, would fray anyone’s nerves. The Economist, "Colombia’s national survey of its biodiversity is ambitious," 17 May 2018 But McCarthy says she's done playing in the mud with haters. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Melissa McCarthy tells daughters THIS is how you handle trolls," 13 May 2018 Watermen were allowed to start dropping crab pots into the Chesapeake and its tributaries on April 1, but with cold weather through the month, crabs were slow to emerge from hibernation burrowed in mud. Scott Dance,, "Crab crisis: Maryland seafood industry loses 40 percent of work force in visa lottery," 3 May 2018 The hippo was missing one leg, lying on its side and caked in mud. Amanda Lee Myers, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mudslide survivors reconnected with treasured personal belongings months later," 17 Apr. 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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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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