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muddle

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verb mud·dle \ˈmə-dəl\

Definition of muddle

muddled

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muddling

play \ˈməd-liŋ, ˈmə-dəl-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make turbid or muddy muddled the brook with his splashings

  3. 2 :  to befog or stupefy (see stupefy 1) especially with liquor The drink muddled him and his voice became loud and domineering.

  4. 3 :  to mix confusedly muddles the household accounts

  5. 4 :  to make a mess of :  bungle muddled themselves into the most indefensible positions — A. N. Whitehead

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to think or act in a confused aimless way She muddled along for a year before going to college.

muddler

play \ˈməd-lər, ˈmə-dəl-ər\ noun

Examples of muddle in a Sentence

  1. a car shopper thoroughly muddled by too much well-meaning advice

  2. some mischievous brat had muddled the household accounts

Origin and Etymology of muddle

probably from obsolete Dutch moddelen, from Middle Dutch, from modde mud; akin to Middle Low German mudde


First Known Use: 1676


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muddle

noun mud·dle

Definition of muddle

  1. 1 :  a state of especially mental confusion

  2. 2 :  a confused mess

muddly

play \ˈməd-lē, ˈmə-dəl-ē\ adjective

Examples of muddle in a Sentence

  1. His papers were in a muddle.

  2. His mind was a muddle.

Origin and Etymology of muddle

see 1muddle


First Known Use: 1808



MUDDLE Defined for English Language Learners

muddle

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verb

Definition of muddle for English Language Learners

  • : to cause confusion in (someone or someone's mind)

  • : to mix up (something) in a confused way

muddle

noun

Definition of muddle for English Language Learners

  • : a state of confusion or disorder

  • : a situation or mistake caused by confusion

  • : a confused mess : a disordered mixture


MUDDLE Defined for Kids

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muddle

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verb mud·dle \ˈmə-dəl\

Definition of muddle for Students

muddled

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muddling

  1. 1 :  to be or cause to be confused or bewildered “Haven't I so muddled their brains they want to turn you loose?” — Sid Fleischman, The Whipping Boy

  2. 2 :  to mix up in a confused manner They muddled the story.

  3. 3 :  to think or proceed in a confused way I somehow muddled through the task.


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muddle

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noun mud·dle

Definition of muddle for Students

  1. :  a state of confusion



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