muddy

adjective
mud·​dy | \ ˈmə-dē How to pronounce muddy (audio) \
muddier; muddiest

Definition of muddy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

muddy

verb
muddied; muddying

Definition of muddy (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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
: to make a situation more confusing or difficult

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Other Words from muddy

Adjective

muddily \ ˈmə-​də-​lē How to pronounce muddily (audio) \ adverb
muddiness \ ˈmə-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce muddiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of muddy in a Sentence

Adjective

please do not walk in the house with muddy boots on, as you will get the carpet dirty whether muddy or not, water taken from lakes and streams should be boiled by campers

Verb

The flooding muddied the roads. She muddied the color by adding some brown. muddying the line between fact and fiction The debate further muddied the issues.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The wet fields and muddy roads became a swampy mess. National Geographic, "Napoleon lost the Battle of Waterloo—here’s what went wrong," 15 Aug. 2019 Colorado Denver: Drivers using Google Maps to get to the city’s airport last weekend and trying to avoid a traffic jam were sent on a detour that took them down a narrow, muddy dirt road. USA TODAY, "Moon rocks, Misty of Chincoteague, Haiku Stairs: News from around our 50 states," 28 June 2019 Though the documentary’s larger argument is muddier and harder to verify, that speech from 1989 will haunt Coe’s spiritual descendants with a viciousness that will only grow as more of the public learns about his views. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Family’s Big Secret Is Hiding in Plain Sight," 14 Aug. 2019 King salmon were off limits to fish, and the rivers were high, muddy and unsafe, the letter said. Author: Audrey Dutton, Anchorage Daily News, "They sold Alaska fishing trips ‘of a lifetime.’ Now Idaho is suing them.," 5 Aug. 2019 With over 20 obstacles, including a mud pit, this is the biggest and muddiest event yet. courant.com, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 5 Aug. 2019 The trails would be muddy and treacherous, but out there the air wouldn’t feel so heavy. Kent Babb / Washington Post, Twin Cities, "MN native and olympic cyclist Kelly Catlin could do it all — until it all became too much," 29 July 2019 The Sandusky River in Fremont has been a bit high and muddy, but a few catfish are being caught. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "Lake Erie walleye parade not slowed by mayfly hatch, hot weather: July 12 Fishing Report," 12 July 2019 After admiring the scenery from the shores of the lagoon, explore the mossy (and often muddy) bosque encantado, or enchanted forest. National Geographic, "Take the perfect road trip at the bottom of the world," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That muddied patch of manta cloth, the product of sudden flooding, might put you in the mind of the hazy color blocks of Mark Rothko. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Painter Vivian Suter emerges from decades of self-exile with bright, blissful works at the ICA," 29 Aug. 2019 Instead, the administration imposed tariffs not just on China to punish it for cheating, but on our allies as well — muddying the message and blunting the effect. Mona Charen, National Review, "What Hong Kong Means for the U.S.," 16 Aug. 2019 San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia shared a similar sentiment, saying the raffle risked muddying the contributions of the more than 70 SJPD officers from assorted units who contributed to the police response to the shooting. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, "San Jose police union gun raffle axed following rebuke from ex-police auditor," 2 Aug. 2019 As a real-time game, speed is a big factor in any SC2 victory, and in previous games, AlphaStar at times demonstrated superhuman speed that gave it an unfair advantage and muddied the experiment results. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "DeepMind AI is secretly lurking on the public StarCraft II 1v1 ladder," 11 July 2019 If the nucleus recoils with enough vigor, and if the atoms that are perturbed are then buried deep in the earth (to shield the sample from cosmic rays that can muddy the data), then the recoil track could be preserved. Wired, "Dark Matter Hunters Are Looking Inside Rocks for New Clues," 13 Jan. 2019 If the nucleus recoils with enough vigor, and if the atoms that are perturbed are then buried deep in the earth (to shield the sample from cosmic rays that can muddy the data), then the recoil track could be preserved. Quanta Magazine, "Why the Best Place to Find Dark Matter May Be in a Rock," 7 Jan. 2019 Pettis and Taylor were offseason candidates to have the most receptions among the team’s wideouts, but Taylor’s outlook has been muddied by his surgery. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "From hope to must-have? 49ers may need rookies Samuel, Hurd to assume big roles," 11 Aug. 2019 And last week in Iowa, Harris appeared to muddy her position on busing — the core of her attack on Biden — when pressed by reporters. Liz Goodwin, BostonGlobe.com, "One viral moment can set a 2020 candidate apart — but they’re hard to come by," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of muddy

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of muddy was in the 15th century

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More Definitions for muddy

muddy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of muddy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: filled or covered with mud
: similar to mud
: not clear or bright : dull or cloudy

muddy

verb

English Language Learners Definition of muddy (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover (something) with mud
: to make (a color) cloudy or dull
: to cause (something) to become unclear or confused

muddy

adjective
mud·​dy | \ ˈmə-dē How to pronounce muddy (audio) \
muddier; muddiest

Kids Definition of muddy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

muddy

verb
muddied; muddying

Kids Definition of muddy (Entry 2 of 2)

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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