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

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 Tekirdag governor Mehmet Ceyhan said the area where the derailment happened was muddy and difficult to reach. Washington Post, "Turkey: Train derailment kills at least 10, injures 73," 8 July 2018 Tekirdag governor Mehmet Ceyhan said the area where the derailment happened was muddy from heavy rain and difficult to reach. Zeynep Bilginsoy, BostonGlobe.com, "Train derailment in Turkey kills at least 10, injures 73," 8 July 2018 In 1996, the 9,000-year-old skeleton of an early North American man washed out of a muddy bank of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington, and into 20 years of controversy. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "DNA may reconnect Aboriginal Australian remains with modern communities," 27 Dec. 2018 But the muddy sort of shell holes are gone; the shell holes are all covered in grass now. Eric Johnson, Recode, "How Peter Jackson’s team made World War I footage look new," 15 Dec. 2018 This not only spooked and disabled horses, but forced the cavalry into muddy terrain or manmade obstacles. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "'Outlaw King' vs. 'Braveheart': Which Movie Gets Scotland Right?," 13 Nov. 2018 The Amazon hasn’t always dumped its muddy waters into the Atlantic. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 Text that was aliased to look good on those old screens often looks muddy and hard to read on an HD screen as well. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "PlayStation Classic review: A far-from-classic experience," 27 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The Democrats did this on purpose to try to muddy the waters, and to defend the indefensible. Fox News, "Media malign Trump Europe trip," 15 July 2018 But that campaign coincided with big stimulus, which stoked demand for China’s property, infrastructure and automobile sectors, muddying its impact. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Chinese Overcapacity Returns to Haunt Global Industry," 10 Jan. 2019 That line’s been muddied the last two years, and now seems even blurrier than before. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "You can snag Destiny 2 on PC for free through November 18," 2 Nov. 2018 Any attempt by pundits or lobbyists to muddy the waters around this proposal is an obvious attempt to co-opt the campaign’s momentum with an eye toward weakening future legislation and protecting the interests of health-industry profiteers. Tim Higginbotham And Chris Middleman, Vox, "“Medicare-for-all” means something. Don’t let moderates water it down.," 13 July 2018 Hurricane Florence, which hit coastal North Carolina in mid-September, may have muddied the data last month. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Global Economy Week Ahead: U.S. Sales, Foreign GDP Figures," 11 Nov. 2018 Add -- not fully formed frontal lobe, and alcohol, and then add 36 years to that, and obviously details can get muddied a little bit. Fox News, "Kavanaugh accused: Where does the burden of proof lie?," 19 Sep. 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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