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: a slimy sticky mixture of solid material with a liquid and especially water
especially : soft wet earth
: abusive and malicious remarks or charges
political campaigners slinging mud at each other
: anathema sense 1a
usually used in the phrase one's name is mud
: a mixture of water, clay, and chemicals used in oil-well drilling and having various functions (such as lubrication and cooling of the bit and flushing of rock particles to the surface)


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mudded; mudding

transitive verb

: to make muddy or turbid
: to treat or plaster with mud

Examples of mud in a Sentence

Noun He tracked mud into the house. The car was stuck in the mud.
Recent Examples on the Web
The soil beneath her hooves began to collapse as a sinkhole formed, trapping the 20-year-old horse neck-deep in mud, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a Feb. 21 news release. Daniella Segura, Sacramento Bee, 22 Feb. 2024 In California, a 74-year-old woman was presumed dead after her mobile home was washed away by floodwaters, mud and debris along the Santa Ana River in San Bernardino County. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2024 People in southwest California should be cautious of large mud and rock slides along canyon roads as well as debris flows in areas recently burned by wildfires, the forecast office in Los Angeles warned. Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 20 Feb. 2024 Its sinister, woodsy atmospherics, where wet leaves mingle with mud and fishscales and menstrual blood, may suggest witchcraft or devil worship. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 20 Feb. 2024 Johnson said the woman’s body was handcuffed and covered in a thick layer of mud and silt upon discovery. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 19 Feb. 2024 Rescuers found the body believed to be the woman Leonard arrested in the backseat covered in mud, but the deputy wasn’t found in the car, Johnson said. Olivia Lloyd, Charlotte Observer, 15 Feb. 2024 Since then, protesters affiliated with the group have poured diluted charcoal into Rome’s Trevi Fountain and spilled mud and chocolate milk onto Venice’s St. Mark’s Basilica, among other incidents. Margherita Bassi, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Feb. 2024 The cleanout was controversial more than a decade ago, with some neighbors and nature enthusiasts initially opposing it, upset about the loss of trees and other vegetation being torn up to clear room to store fast-moving mud falling from the mountains during rainstorms. Rong-Gong Lin Ii, Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2024
Integrated gaiters give above-ankle protection to keep slushy snow and mud out while the outer Gore-tex fabric makes the shoe waterproof and windproof, yet breathable. Laura Holt, Travel + Leisure, 16 Nov. 2023 Renee agreed, and then added some motherly intuition about the outdoorsy teen who loves to fish and to go mudding with his friends. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 25 Oct. 2023 Runners were greeted with rain thick enough to obscure views, mud quick to soak through shoes and socks, and the red-and-golden hints in the alpine underbrush that fall is, in fact, nearly here. Iris Samuels, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Aug. 2023 Navigating technical terrain that can change from slick rock to loose dirt to mud over the course of a run requires a sense of groundedness in your feet, and the Speedgoat 5 delivers on that with a new-and-improved outsole that uses Vibram® Megagrip and Traction Lug technology for tacky traction. Outside Online, 25 Mar. 2022 Across from Eichhorn’s house, neighbors on lower ground saw water up to their car door handles, mud several feet deep and parts of the hillside collapsing onto the street. Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2023 The ground, not yet frozen, has turned to mud, sticking to uniforms and weapons and ensnaring vehicles, military, and civilian alike. Matthew Mpoke Bigg,, 27 Nov. 2022 The ground, not yet frozen, has turned to mud, sticking to uniforms and weapons and ensnaring vehicles, military and civilian alike. Matthew Mpoke Bigg, New York Times, 27 Nov. 2022 Before the weather in Ukraine turns bitterly cold, the challenge for both sides is fall rain that turns fields and many roads to mud. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, 10 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History



Middle English mudde, probably from Middle Low German

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mud was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Mud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: soft wet earth

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