\ 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

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 On Friday, workers pulled corpses from a mass grave near a town church under spitting rain, lining up black body bags in rows in the mud. Arkansas Online, 9 Apr. 2022 The boy started to play, jumping and rolling into piles of leaves and in the mud. Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2022 The Russians have had problems with intelligence, communications and vehicles getting stuck in traffic jams, stuck in the mud and breaking down. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 17 Mar. 2022 Decorah's skeletal remains were found still burning on May 17, 2020, about four hours after Decorah had called dispatchers to report her and Rooney's SUV had gotten stuck in the mud on a remote road on the Winnebago Indian Reservation. Sarah Volpenhein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Mar. 2022 That meant their cars were well and truly stuck in the mud. Brendan Menapace, SPIN, 8 Mar. 2022 This arid countryside was all lush wetland in the days when migrating camels and lions were first entombed in the mud. Sunset Magazine, 9 May 2022 At some point in the late afternoon, Evans took off her shoes and let her feet sink in the mud, the soil soft and cool from irrigated water. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 25 Apr. 2022 With the digital landscape shifting faster and faster, getting sidetracked or stuck in the mud are all too easy. Steve Daly, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The 2,300 truckloads of red Tennessee clay at first turned to mud and blacked out the driver windshields. Jenna Fryer, Orlando Sentinel, 19 Apr. 2022 While Hollywood insiders mud wrestle over who should get which Oscar nominations for what, the rest of us can look forward, not back. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 2 Jan. 2022 Rain in the forecast would very likely turn the fields to mud and make the pieces of metal and insulation significantly harder to remove. New York Times, 16 Dec. 2021 One day in April, as the snow turned to mud and the days grew longer, Rinaldi ran into Andrea Zaccardi, of the Center for Biological Diversity, and proposed a plan. Natalie Schachar, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 Though naturally occurring sediment is in dwindling supply from the rivers and creeks feeding the bay, agencies are turning to mud dredged from the bay’s shipping channels to help build these tidal buffers. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Oct. 2021 Parts of New York City were assailed by more than 3 inches of rain, high winds and threats of hail and tornadoes, while California was digging rock and mud off roads after historic rain swept across much of the state. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 26 Oct. 2021 The rains weren’t intense enough to immediately wash away the dust, instead turning it to mud, which conducts electricity and causes equipment to malfunction or even ignite small fires on power poles. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Oct. 2021 In North Carolina, where steady downpours swelled waterways and washed rocks and mud onto highways, multiple landslides temporarily closed several lanes on Interstate 40 and closed another highway Tuesday. NBC News, 18 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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“Mud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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: soft wet earth or dirt

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