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

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 As state historical sites go, few can rival this remote muddy ford on the Pecos River for rank obscurity. ExpressNews.com, "Express Briefing: Dan Patrick offers $1M reward for evidence of voter fraud," 11 Nov. 2020 The fine details of the cart itself look pretty muddy due to the enlargement. Popular Science, "The iPhone 12 Pro Max might be worth it—for the camera alone," 10 Nov. 2020 Included in the muddy, brackish water was food refuse and bodily waste, both human and animal. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Mud, fires and bootlegging: What daily life looked like in the early years of Anchorage," 9 Nov. 2020 Every little person deserves the freedom to stomp around in muddy puddles. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "30 of the best gifts you can get from Carter's," 6 Nov. 2020 As state historical sites go, few can rival this remote muddy ford on the Pecos River for rank obscurity. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Horse Head Crossing — where men and cattle died," 6 Nov. 2020 Mawlaik is a small port town located on the muddy banks of the Chindwin, a large western tributary to the Irrawaddy. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "A storyteller walking the world stumbles across a 2,000-year-old civilization along a fabled river," 4 Nov. 2020 So are miners and farmers who excavate and till mountainous earth, creating slippery, muddy conditions in which torrents of soil can bury people alive. Jason Gutierrez, New York Times, "A Typhoon Spared the Philippine Capital. Will Manila Be So Lucky Next Time?," 1 Nov. 2020 While gar are more commonly found in running water, carp love to congregate in dirty, muddy areas. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, "Forget Boats—Bowfishing on Foot Is Cheap, Fun, and Easier Than You Might Expect," 30 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The outgoing president has refused to concede the election and has launched a flurry of frivolous lawsuits to muddy the transition, thereby making the odds of an effective federal response over the next few months less likely. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "Lock Yourself Down, Now," 14 Nov. 2020 The defense should be able to muddy this game up and help the Bears get back on track entering their week off. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Week 10 predictions: Can the Chicago Bears beat the Minnesota Vikings in prime time and snap a 3-game skid?," 14 Nov. 2020 Democrats have called the lawsuits baseless efforts to muddy the election outcome. Chris Strohm, Fortune, "Barr authorizes DOJ inquiries into voting irregularities as Trump contests vote," 10 Nov. 2020 Legates is a geologist from the University of Delaware and an affiliate of the Heartland Institute, which exists to muddy the public’s understanding of climate change. Scott Waldmann, Science | AAAS, "Trump to put climate denier in charge of key U.S. report," 10 Nov. 2020 Democrats have called the lawsuits baseless efforts to muddy the election as Trump and his top aides claim the presidency is being stolen. Erik Larson, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Expands Legal Fight Over Vote Counts in Close States," 5 Nov. 2020 But Trump's attacks routinely cite various Biden statements — several made during the Democratic primary campaign — to muddy that position. Marc Levy, Star Tribune, "Trump intensifies fracking assault on Biden in Pennsylvania," 25 Oct. 2020 Similar confidentiality issues can muddy whether a guardian is contacted during abuse investigations, said Rich Filson, a Sarasota attorney who specializes in cases of abuse in state care. USA Today, "Foster kids lived with molesters. No one told their parents.," 16 Oct. 2020 If enough of us do that, Biden can win outright with the votes cast on Election Day, instead of waiting for all the mail-in ballots to be counted, thereby giving time for Trump and Fox News to muddy the outcome. Thomas L. Friedman New York Times, Star Tribune, "This is how democracies perish," 30 Sep. 2020

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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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15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Muddy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/muddy. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for muddy

muddy

adjective
How to pronounce muddy (audio)

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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