\ ˈməd How to pronounce mud (audio) \

Definition of mud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a slimy sticky mixture of solid material with a liquid and especially water especially : soft wet earth
2 : abusive and malicious remarks or charges political campaigners slinging mud at each other
3 : anathema sense 1a usually used in the phrase one's name is mud
4 : 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)


mudded; mudding

Definition of mud (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

Synonyms for mud

Synonyms: Noun

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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: Noun Start with the Teton Forest Massage, which combats the dry, high-altitude air with a mineral scrub and mud-bubbling along your spine. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 29 July 2022 Think: frozen bug popsicles, mud showers and long pool days. Christina Maxouris, CNN, 24 July 2022 Brown is expanding Florence by Mills with an acne-fighting ‘Clear the Way’ collection consisting of a clarifying face wash and mud mask to help deep cleanse your skin. ELLE, 22 July 2022 Erik Helgestad, a former alderman who likewise favors the former mud bath facility's preservation, echoed those thoughts, calling on aldermen to not consider any the settlement that results in demolition. Jim Riccioli, Journal Sentinel, 21 July 2022 Treatments from its extensive menu also include mud wraps, inhalation therapy, and hydromassage. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, 21 July 2022 Ensign wasps, which do not sting, control cockroach populations, and mud daubers, which are not prone to stinging, help keep spiders in check. Shepard Price, San Antonio Express-News, 18 July 2022 The steel frame has been blasted and repainted in gloss black, and the hubs have been fitted with black 15-inch steel wheels wrapped in 33-inch Nitto Trail Grappler mud-terrain tires. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 11 July 2022 Others backed them further away from vertebrates and placed them in with the group of mud-dwellers that don't have two of the body axes found in vertebrates. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 7 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Dozens of campsites suggest hundreds of soldiers were stationed in Vyshneve, and the passage of tanks and heavy equipment has turned the ground to mud. Isabel Coles, WSJ, 15 May 2022 The 2,300 truckloads of red Tennessee clay at first turned to mud and blacked out the driver windshields. Jenna Fryer, Orlando Sentinel, 19 Apr. 2022 While Hollywood insiders mud wrestle over who should get which Oscar nominations for what, the rest of us can look forward, not back. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 2 Jan. 2022 Rain in the forecast would very likely turn the fields to mud and make the pieces of metal and insulation significantly harder to remove. New York Times, 16 Dec. 2021 One day in April, as the snow turned to mud and the days grew longer, Rinaldi ran into Andrea Zaccardi, of the Center for Biological Diversity, and proposed a plan. Natalie Schachar, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 Though naturally occurring sediment is in dwindling supply from the rivers and creeks feeding the bay, agencies are turning to mud dredged from the bay’s shipping channels to help build these tidal buffers. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Oct. 2021 Parts of New York City were assailed by more than 3 inches of rain, high winds and threats of hail and tornadoes, while California was digging rock and mud off roads after historic rain swept across much of the state. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 26 Oct. 2021 The rains weren’t intense enough to immediately wash away the dust, instead turning it to mud, which conducts electricity and causes equipment to malfunction or even ignite small fires on power poles. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of mud


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mud


Middle English mudde, probably from Middle Low German

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“Mud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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