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

This was back when cotton was king, when steamboats plied the muddy waters and when most women considered the river a man's realm. Mike Scott, nola.com, "‘Voodoo City,’ Episode 9: Meet Annie Christmas, New Orleans’ answer to Paul Bunyan," 19 June 2019 As the sky brightened, another man drove a big blue tractor across the muddy waters to Guatemala with a sprayer on the back. Washington Post, "Illegal crossings a part of life at Mexico’s southern border," 14 June 2019 Dress for wet and muddy conditions and uneven terrain. Joan Rusek, cleveland.com, "Irish tunes are on tap for St. Patrick's Day: Valley Views," 5 Mar. 2018 Give me my muddy, snowy, road up the hill by the freeway any day. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, "The Hill That You Love to Hate," 6 June 2019 People think of the First World War as being a muddy, gray, overcast war, but it was fought for ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "How Peter Jackson’s team made World War I footage look new," 15 Dec. 2018 The people are sad and muddy, their faces bloated and mottled, wearing what look like gardening outfits while Aunts and Guardians on horseback stick them with cattle prods. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'The Handmaid's Tale' Episode 2 recap: Colonial times, and Alexis Bledel," 25 Apr. 2018 Like other modern pickup trucks, the cab is padded in comfort, convenience and advanced technology that might make some owners require passengers to remove muddy boots. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2019 Ram 1500 is the pickup truck for winning arguments," 2 July 2018 By the 7:30 start time, the tent was packed with over 100 people, mostly Amish and farmers in muddy boots and jeans. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "As milk prices keep falling, more Pa. dairy farmers are calling it quits," 17 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Injuries to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson have further muddied the Warrior waters and thrown the West into a blender, as well. Stephen Bulpett, The Denver Post, "Celtics’ offer for Anthony Davis affected by Kyrie Irving situation," 17 June 2019 Summer stargazing can also be a little more challenging because additional moisture in the air this time of year can muddy up even clear skies. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Sky Watch: Here comes summer in the night skies — and a full moon," 15 June 2019 President Trump's administration excels at muddying the water, and the arrest of a former Senate aide, following an inquiry in which federal agents seized records from a New York Times reporter, might be its best work yet. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "How a reporter’s romance with her source muddies the FBI’s seizure of her records," 8 June 2018 With the lawsuit muddying what had appeared to be the home’s clear title, Mr. Avenatti backed away from the purchase. Alexandra Berzon, WSJ, "Stormy Daniels Lawyer Michael Avenatti Dogged by His Own Legal Battles," 1 June 2018 And to further muddy the situation, television news outlets handled the situation poorly, allowing themselves to be used as a source of misinformation during their attempts to cover the new report. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Trump administration organizes pushback against its own climate report," 3 Dec. 2018 Like her peers, Armantrout is interested in muddying the relationship of poet and reader. Constance Grady, Vox, "We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought.," 15 Nov. 2018 Any chance the Rockets have must see them muddy the game up on defense, impose their physicality on the Warriors and bury three-pointers. Aj Neuharth-keusch, USA TODAY, "Game 7 predictions: Can Houston Rockets halt Golden State Warriors' dynasty?," 28 May 2018 The waters could further muddy if a player like Duke big man Wendell Carter Jr. ends up falling. David Murphy, Philly.com, "A few final Sixers thoughts before NBA draft night | David Murphy," 21 June 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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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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