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 makes for a narrative that is occasionally muddy and ambiguous, as Jack issues instructions to Ashley with the benefit of hindsight that isn’t quite 20/20. Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "Time-travel thriller ‘Don’t Let Go’ kind of works, as long as you don’t think too hard about it," 30 Aug. 2019 This makes for a narrative that is occasionally muddy and ambiguous, as Jack issues instructions to Ashley with the benefit of hindsight that isn't quite 20/20. Michael O'sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "'Don’t Let Go’ review: Time-travel thriller works — as long as you don’t think too hard about it," 29 Aug. 2019 In an era where IPAs are trending fruitier and— to be honest, muddier — the Alchemist gives it to you straight: floral, tropical, bracing. Gary Dzen, BostonGlobe.com, "5 beers to enjoy in Vermont," 20 Aug. 2019 Sometimes in the early summer and late spring, trails can be muddy. John Meyer, The Know, "Important things to know when climbing a fourteener in Colorado," 11 July 2019 The line between a bad actor who intentionally posts misleading information and an individual promoting persuasive posts is muddy and hard to define. Sara Harrison, WIRED, "Twitter's Disinformation Data Dumps Are Helpful—to a Point," 7 July 2019 More than a year after melanoma, my running shoes are muddy once more, much to Maeve’s delight. Katie O'reilly, Outside Online, "Running After Melanoma," 30 June 2019 Keep in mind the fields can get muddy and probably won’t be in good shape after thousands of people walk through them. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "5 quick tips for Pokemon Go Fest 2019," 13 June 2019 Debussy’s La Mer was less polished — inner voices could be muddy — though the interpretation was the most fascinating of the evening. David Patrick Stearns, https://www.inquirer.com, "It’s a Yannick fest at Carnegie Hall, and the first show is a hit," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sand and debris muddied the clear, turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Natalie Meade, The New Yorker, "How Social Media Is Helping Survivors of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas," 11 Sep. 2019 Don't muddy these waters: As the largest freshwater wetland in southern Africa, the greater Okavango River Basin serves as the main water source for a million people. National Geographic, "Jewel in the Desert: Saving the Okavango Delta," 8 Apr. 2019 But such messages have been muddied because of Trump’s communiques. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, "With Trump silent, Canada and the EU urge de-escalation in Hong Kong," 18 Aug. 2019 That muddied patch of manta cloth, the product of sudden flooding, might put you in the mind of the hazy color blocks of Mark Rothko. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Painter Vivian Suter emerges from decades of self-exile with bright, blissful works at the ICA," 29 Aug. 2019 Instead, the administration imposed tariffs not just on China to punish it for cheating, but on our allies as well — muddying the message and blunting the effect. Mona Charen, National Review, "What Hong Kong Means for the U.S.," 16 Aug. 2019 San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia shared a similar sentiment, saying the raffle risked muddying the contributions of the more than 70 SJPD officers from assorted units who contributed to the police response to the shooting. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, "San Jose police union gun raffle axed following rebuke from ex-police auditor," 2 Aug. 2019 As a real-time game, speed is a big factor in any SC2 victory, and in previous games, AlphaStar at times demonstrated superhuman speed that gave it an unfair advantage and muddied the experiment results. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "DeepMind AI is secretly lurking on the public StarCraft II 1v1 ladder," 11 July 2019 If the nucleus recoils with enough vigor, and if the atoms that are perturbed are then buried deep in the earth (to shield the sample from cosmic rays that can muddy the data), then the recoil track could be preserved. Wired, "Dark Matter Hunters Are Looking Inside Rocks for New Clues," 13 Jan. 2019

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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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