mud

noun
\ 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 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

Descending the right side of the tenth fairway, while following the practice round of a Mexican amateur named Álvaro Ortiz, a large older man went heels up and splashed down in the mud. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National," 14 June 2019 The carcasses of any creatures that can’t flee – worms, burrowing crabs, brittle stars – lie motionless in the mud. Sarah Kaplan, Twin Cities, "‘A major punch in the gut’: Midwest rains projected to create Gulf dead zone," 11 June 2019 The carcasses of any creatures that can’t flee – worms, burrowing crabs, brittle stars – lie motionless in the mud. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Midwest rains expected to deliver ‘punch in the gut’ to Gulf," 10 June 2019 Luca alerted rescuers to an opening of brush near a river, and the rescuers spotted the man stuck in mud up to his waist on the opposite side of the river. Grant Suneson And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "The 25 most heroic dogs in America," 5 July 2018 There was a heel bruise incurred in the mud in his second race, and accidentally made public when Baffert took him for a photo op on gravel outside his Churchill Downs barn. Tim Layden, SI.com, "It's Instinctive to Compare Justify's Triple Crown to American Pharoah's but Both Share Connection to Greatness," 10 June 2018 Sampson and three contractors waded into the debris to extract the driver, who was buried in mud and pressed between his machine and sliding logs. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "This California agency has so many new employees that it's installing smaller cubicles | The Sacramento Bee," 23 May 2018 Cruz-Echevarria had stopped to help the driver who got stuck in the mud. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Army vet's killing leads to arrest of 3 in murder-for-hire plot," 7 Sep. 2018 One diver, John Volanthen, reached the end of his line, fastened it in the mud, and emerged from the water to find 13 pairs of eyes staring at him. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "How Rescuers Pulled Off the Impossible in a Treacherous Thai Cave," 10 July 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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The first known use of mud was in the 14th century

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mud

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mud

: soft, wet dirt

mud

noun
\ ˈməd How to pronounce mud (audio) \

Kids Definition of mud

: soft wet earth or dirt

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