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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 The final was 40-0, thanks to a bit of Polars mercy and some running time, but North on turf and not in mud looks like a bad matchup for most every team. Patrick Reusse, Star Tribune, "From hard times to fast times, Minneapolis North football aiming high this season," 9 Oct. 2020 Captain’s scorched and mottled fur looked as though it had been dipped in ashes and rolled in mud. Nora Mishanec,, "The singed whiskers of the climate crisis: Rescued cub still fighting for life at Oakland Zoo," 8 Oct. 2020 Connie is covered in mud, perhaps as a way to mask her from the dead. Nick Romano,, "The Walking Dead recap: Maggie arrives… and so does [SPOILER]," 5 Oct. 2020 An entire armored nodosaur was found in unprecedentedly good shape because it was encased in mud and in the cold of the ocean floor. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Archaeologists Found 115,000-Year-Old Human Footprints Where They Shouldn't Be," 23 Sep. 2020 While the prints aren’t the oldest evidence of humans outside of Africa, the vignette inscribed in mud provides a peek into the once lush landscape and creatures that may have greeted humans during their early forays. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Oldest footprints in Saudi Arabia reveal intriguing step in early human migration," 17 Sep. 2020 Sayers did it against the San Francisco 49ers during an all-day rain on Dec. 12, 1965, in the mud of Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, running on slippery patches of temporary turf covering the stadium’s baseball diamond. George Vecsey, New York Times, "Gale Sayers Dies; Elusive Hall of Fame Running Back Was 77," 23 Sep. 2020 Archaeologists scouring the Nefud Desert spotted the impressions while examining 376 footprints left in the mud of the bygone body of water by such animals as giant extinct elephants, camels, buffalo and ancestors of modern horses. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Human Footprints Found in Saudi Arabia May Be 120,000 Years Old," 21 Sep. 2020 Allbirds figures that sticking with its best advantage—its good-for-the-planet sheen—represents its best chance of not getting left in the mud. Sheila Marikar, Fortune, "Allbirds is stepping up for the planet—by treading lightly on it," 21 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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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The first known use of mud was in the 14th century

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16 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce mud (audio)

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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