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

Swirl the mixture in a figure-eight pattern a couple of times using a butter knife (don’t swirl too much or the mixture will become muddy). Kate Merker, Country Living, "Chocolate-Matcha Swirl Pound Cake," 19 Mar. 2019 Despite the unsteady, muddy ground, the Duchess of Sussex chose a chic pair of Stuart Weitzman heeled boots for their trip to the horses. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Braved the Mud in High Heeled Boots to Pet Horses in Morocco," 25 Feb. 2019 Our guide, Lach Kim Chhen, takes dirt roads through caught-in-time villages, past rice paddies and muddy fields thick with cotton-candy-pink lotus flowers, instead of driving the faster, paved road. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Deeper in Cambodia," 19 Nov. 2018 Erika Balza, who says her faucet gushed muddy brown water smelling like manure, drinks bottled water. Jesse Newman And Patrick Mcgroarty, WSJ, "Farms, More Productive Than Ever, Are Poisoning Drinking Water in Rural America," 18 Jan. 2019 Other videos from local media showed residents walking barefoot and covered in muddy residue. NBC News, "At least 7 killed, 20 hurt by erupting volcano in Guatemala," 4 June 2018 Other videos from local media showed residents walking barefoot and covered in muddy residue. Sonia Perez D., Fox News, "Guatemala volcano eruption kills at least 7, rescue hampered," 4 June 2018 Many of the inland lakes are still muddy, but the upground reservoirs such as Wellington Upground, Norwalk and Oberlin have much clearer waters. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "Fishing Report for April 20: Fish biting again despite dingy waters," 20 Apr. 2018 On race day at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland, the cinder track was muddy. New York Times, "Lindy Remigino, Olympic Champion Runner, Is Dead at 87," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For example, wisps of hair stay sharply in focus, and background images retain their proper distance and aren't muddied into a single blur. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Nokia 9 PureView hands-on: All of the cameras and none of the gimmicks," 24 Feb. 2019 Recent housing data further muddied the economic outlook for the U.S. New data Tuesday showed that existing-home sales fell in December to their weakest level in more than three years. Avantika Chilkoti, WSJ, "Stocks Decline as Growth Concerns Resurface," 22 Jan. 2019 Often after traumatic incidents, some parts are dwelled on and can even get exaggerated over time, while other parts become muddied. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Donald Trump’s attack on Christine Blasey Ford’s memory is cruel — and wrong," 3 Oct. 2018 That rhetoric was muddied in January when the unemployment rate for African Americans spiked. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "Some of the best news from the February jobs report," 9 Mar. 2018 The Blue Demons were without the 6-11 Maric the first time, but even with him in the lineup, their offense was muddied by Butler’s pressure. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Butler takes care of business, hammers DePaul for fourth straight win," 3 Feb. 2018 Trump's approach to the Russia investigation has been to constantly muddy the waters, using claims that often don't comport with reality or seem to have any firm factual basis. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Trump DHS secretary’s bizarre comments about Russian election interference," 22 May 2018 As for the network, AT&T is annoyingly muddying the waters with its 5G branding. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "AT&T 5G goes live this week with ridiculously overpowered hotspot," 20 Dec. 2018 But now, many of those bills could be seen muddied and crumpled up on the street, so worthless that not even street beggars picked them up. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "Venezuelans Skeptical of Maduro’s Latest Measures to Salvage Economy," 21 Aug. 2018

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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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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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