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 However, the field turf held up beautifully and saved what would have been a muddy game in the past. Jason Lucas, orlandosentinel.com, "Lake Mary rides fast start to win against Lyman," 23 Aug. 2019 But the emperor’s plan was thwarted by the muddy conditions and morning fog, which prevented an early start. National Geographic, "Napoleon lost the Battle of Waterloo—here’s what went wrong," 15 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, 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There were some fast times at the class meets but all the rain this week will muddy up the course and likely slow runners down a bit. Lori Riley, courant.com, "Showdown looms between three of the state’s top runners, Gavin Sherry, Robbie Cozean and Aidan Puffer, at the State Open cross country championship," 1 Nov. 2019 But the industry has changed, muddying the path forward in the business. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, "#PayUpHollywood explained: Industry assistants are speaking out about their wages," 16 Oct. 2019 What’s muddying the negotiations is how consumers are finding new ways to access their favorite shows. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "Starz warns Comcast users they could lose Outlander and Power," 16 Oct. 2019 That's important and that goes to the muddying the water. NBC News, "Meet the Press - October 13, 2019," 13 Oct. 2019 At the same time, slowing global economic growth has injected significant volatility into markets, muddying the outlook into 2020 and 2021, when an international flotation would likely take place. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Saudi Arabia may only sell 2% of Aramco. It could still be the biggest IPO on record," 9 Oct. 2019 His report does detail the president's attempts to muddy the investigation, including efforts to tamper with witnesses and fire the special counsel. NBC News, "Fact check: Trump says there was 'NO OBSTRUCTION' of Mueller's investigation," 25 July 2019 Questions about the involvement of Nissan and Mitsubishi have muddied the waters, however. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Renault continuing to study FCA merger proposal," 4 June 2019 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

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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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27 Oct 2019

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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
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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