mud·​hole ˈməd-ˌhōl How to pronounce mudhole (audio)
: a hole or hollow place containing much mud

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The site was just basically a mudhole at that point, said Roberto Vega, stormwater quality design project manager for Harris County Flood Control District’s environmental quality section division. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, 6 Sep. 2019 The roughly six-square-mile mudhole turned out to be a glaciological gold mine. Nathaniel Wilder, Smithsonian, 18 Apr. 2018 Healthcare for poor children, which is being held up by one political party, the deranged one in which Jones stomped a mudhole over the past few months. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 13 Dec. 2017 Arkansas has to keep Texas A&M from running a mudhole through the heart of the Razorbacks defense. Eric Bolin, ajc, 21 Sep. 2017 Oh, the kids are going to have fun playing down at the old familiar mudhole again. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 23 Aug. 2017 Your dad had an old Deuce-and-a-half truck to go off-road, and it got stuck in every mudhole. John Schandelmeier, Alaska Dispatch News, 20 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1721, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mudhole was in 1721

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Cite this Entry

“Mudhole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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