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muddy

adjective mud·dy \ ˈmə-dē \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of muddy

muddier; muddiest
1 : morally impure : base
2 a : full of or covered with mud
b : characteristic or suggestive of mud
  • a muddy flavor
  • muddy colors
c : turbid with sediment
3 a : lacking in clarity or brightness : cloudy, dull
  • a muddy recording
  • eyes muddy with sleep
b : obscure in meaning : muddled, confused
  • muddy thinking

muddily

play \ˈmə-də-lē\ adverb

muddiness

play \ˈmə-dē-nəs\ noun

Examples of muddy in a Sentence

  1. please do not walk in the house with muddy boots on, as you will get the carpet dirty

  2. whether muddy or not, water taken from lakes and streams should be boiled by campers

Recent Examples of muddy from the Web

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First Known Use of muddy

15th century


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muddy

verb

Definition of muddy

muddied; muddying
1 : confuse
2 : to soil or stain with or as if with mud
3 : to make turbid
4 : to make cloudy or dull
muddy the waters
transitive verb
: to make a situation more confusing or difficult

Examples of muddy in a Sentence

  1. The flooding muddied the roads.

  2. She muddied the color by adding some brown.

  3. muddying the line between fact and fiction

  4. The debate further muddied the issues.

Recent Examples of muddy from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'muddy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of muddy

1604


MUDDY Defined for English Language Learners

muddy

adjective

Definition of muddy for English Language Learners

  • : filled or covered with mud

  • : similar to mud

  • : not clear or bright : dull or cloudy


muddy

verb

Definition of muddy for English Language Learners

  • : to cover (something) with mud

  • : to make (a color) cloudy or dull

  • : to cause (something) to become unclear or confused


MUDDY Defined for Kids

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muddy

adjective mud·dy \ ˈmə-dē \

Definition of muddy for Students

muddier; muddiest
1 : filled or covered with mud
  • a muddy pond
  • muddy shoes
2 : looking like mud
  • a muddy color
3 : not clear or bright : dull
  • muddy skin
4 : being mixed up
  • muddy thinking

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muddy

verb

Definition of muddy for Students

muddied; muddying
1 : to cover with mud
  • She muddied her clothes.
2 : to make cloudy or dull (as in color)
3 : to become or cause to become confused


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