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

Another surprise was the discovery of flowering vegetation that had taken root on the volcanic cone and in the mud of the isthmus connecting HTHH to its neighbor. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "A Young Island in the South Pacific Oozes Mysteries and Mud," 5 Feb. 2019 Even the game Ban Johnson cleaned up was mired in the mud. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Our history: Major League Baseball birthed in Cincinnati," 27 June 2018 Farmers say last month’s floods smothered their taro patches with mud and silt, which turns their crop watery and spongey. Audrey Mcavoy, The Seattle Times, "Shortage of key Hawaii crop expected after rains swamp farms," 28 May 2018 That resulted in an explosion of flying weeds, grass and mud, all of which got me right in the face. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Another Reason Why You Should Always Wear Safety Glasses," 13 Mar. 2019 Banawol's body was among more than a dozen dug up by rescuers from the avalanche of mud and earth in Itogon in Benguet province. Aaron Favila And Joeal Calupitan, Fox News, "Philippine landslide shows poor often live in danger's path," 19 Sep. 2018 That requires, of course, sometimes getting into the mud. Dylan Scott, Vox, "LeBron James, the most important athlete in America, explained," 4 Aug. 2018 As many as 60 trees came down with the mud, according to WHKP. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "'Massive' landslide sends tons of mud and trees tumbling across NC highway," 5 June 2018 Witnesses are describing the chaos in Ellicott City, Maryland, where torrential floods left downtown buildings heavily damaged and filled with mud on Sunday. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "In flood-hammered Ellicott City, Md., the question lingers: Do you rebuild once more?," 29 May 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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