mud·​guard ˈməd-ˌgärd How to pronounce mudguard (audio)
: a strip of material applied to a shoe upper just above the sole for protection against dampness or as an ornament

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web They're also made with tear-resistant ripstop mudguards to protect your feet from sharp objects on the trail (and extend their shelf life). Emily Belfiore, Travel + Leisure, 24 Mar. 2023 Bugatti lost its left mudguard and steam began to pour from the radiator. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 23 Oct. 2022 The front mudguard is carbon fiber and the transmission cover and exhaust system are made—and polished—by hand. Charlie Thomas, Robb Report, 11 Oct. 2022 This scooter has a dedicated press button for easy folding, a mudguard to protect from any flying dirt, and rubber handles for a secure grip. Popular Science, 3 Sep. 2020 There's integrated stone-deflecting protection around the engine and air intakes and carbon fiber mudguards. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, 7 June 2019 Combine that with what look to be upgraded materials like suede around the mudguard and a stylish lookbook, and these kicks start to look downright fashion. Jake Woolf, GQ, 6 Feb. 2018 The 11 has that broad patent leather mudguard, the 13 has unique quilting, the 5's eyestays reach off the shoe. Pete Forester, Esquire, 29 Aug. 2017 That silhouette reflects an earlier age, but the colors around the mudguard do something much more. Pete Forester, Esquire, 16 Mar. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of mudguard was in 1886

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Cite this Entry

“Mudguard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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