muddy

adjective
mud·dy | \ ˈmə-dē \
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 \ adverb
muddiness \ˈmə-dē-nəs \ 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

And several of the pockets are equipped with drain holes, so runners won’t get weighed down after going through muddy or watery obstacles. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Testing Ultimate Direction’s New OCR Vest," 12 July 2018 Each of the boys, with no diving experience, was guided out by divers though rocky, muddy and water-filled passages that in places were just a crawl space. Anchorage Daily News, "With V-for-Victory sign, rescued Thai boys celebrate freedom," 12 July 2018 Each of the boys, ages 11 to 16 and with no diving experience, was guided out by a pair of divers though rocky, muddy and water passages that in places were just a crawl space. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, BostonGlobe.com, "Kids rescued in Thailand lost weight, drank dripping water in cave," 11 July 2018 Each of the boys, ages 11 to 16 and with no diving experience, was guided out by a pair of divers though rocky, muddy and water passages that in places were just a crawl space. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, chicagotribune.com, "Hospital: Kids rescued from flooded cave in Thailand lost weight, drank dripping water," 11 July 2018 In another example of a good deed, a New York couple found about $16,000 of muddy and soggy cash, jewelry, diamonds and an engagement ring buried in a safe in their backyard. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "He found a purse with $8000, credit cards, plane tickets. Then he saw a crying woman," 28 June 2018 There are other obstacles, too: the difficulty of reaching people in remote areas on difficult roads that are sometimes muddy and the need to tamp down the rumors and distrust that often plague responses to major outbreaks. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "How Ebola Vaccines Have Helped to Usher In a New Era in the Outbreak Response," 23 June 2018 The driver dropped us off, muddy and thirsty, to wait in line at the Japanese Garden. Lizzy Acker, OregonLive.com, "How (not) to get lost in Forest Park," 17 Apr. 2018 Rain drizzled as the sun peeked through the overcast skies, creating beautiful lighting over the derby’s muddy stage. Mykal Mceldowney, Indianapolis Star, "'It's a big rush': The risks and rewards of demolition derby," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And there are heartwarming touches, despite a plot that is muddied by sci-fi mumbo-jumbo about cannibalism. Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’: Offbeat sci-fi love story works," 31 May 2018 What colors the kids were given can also muddy these statistics, Yong writes. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Kids Are Drawing Women Scientists More Often Than They Did Decades Ago," 21 Mar. 2018 Having exhausted Paris, these characters who never sleep move on to London, where Rebecca Ferguson's former MI6 agent from Rogue Nation, Ilsa Faust, steps more to the fore, with intentions that muddy the waters even further. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mission: Impossible — Fallout': Film Review," 12 July 2018 When Hindu survivors reached Bangladesh, the narrative was further muddied by refugees’ conflicting accounts. Laignee Barron, Time, "Rohingya Insurgents Massacred Hindu Civilians in Myanmar, Amnesty International Reports," 23 May 2018 Comcast has muddied the waters with a rival offer for Fox’s assets. The Economist, "Business this week," 12 July 2018 Nielsen has muddied the debate by insisting that children will only be separated in narrow circumstances, including if the adult has broken the law. Anne Flaherty, Anchorage Daily News, "The immigration crisis: How we got here and what’s next," 19 June 2018 But Tohaku’s legacy may have also been deliberately muddied. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘A Giant Leap: The Transformation of Hasegawa Tohaku’ Review," 25 Apr. 2018 Trump has often muddied the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies, declaring that while Russia interfered, others likely did as well. Washington Post, "Allies, others question Trump’s response to spy’s poisoning," 15 Mar. 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 \
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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