\ 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 The City of Portage has endured five long years of of being drug through the mud, and our image, and the office of Mayor, has been tarnished for years to come. Alexandra Kukulka,, 13 Oct. 2021 So the progress feels like walking through mud instead of riding on a road. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Oct. 2021 While the White Sox have seemingly booked their ticket as the top squad in the American League Central, the Red Sox continue to crawl through the mud to claim a wild-card spot — much by their own doing., 11 Sep. 2021 Rappé and her partners loaded the woman onto a stretcher and trudged through the mud toward the truck, parked a football field away. Juliet Linderman And Claire Galofaro, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Sep. 2021 Many space enthusiasts have meanwhile been dragging Bezos and Blue Origin through the mud. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 19 Aug. 2021 Labour Party lawmaker Chris Bryant said Britain had humiliated itself and dragged its honor through the mud. Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2021 Those in the tunnel were stuck for about nine hours until crews could carve out a path through the mud to reach them about 6:30 a.m. Friday, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Walt Stowe said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 2 Aug. 2021 Champ said that on Monday, search efforts were focused on checking through the mud trying to look for any signs or leads to Moore. Olivia Munson, The Arizona Republic, 27 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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. CBS News, 18 Aug. 2021 Deeper lugs are better at biting into the ground but could hang on to mud and muck if the lugs aren’t spaced far enough apart. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, 6 Jan. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 14 Dec. 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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The first known use of mud was in the 14th century

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17 Oct 2021

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“Mud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 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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