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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

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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 The woman was knocked down, kicked and dragged through mud during the struggle. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 20 May 2021 The arrest dragged Evett’s name through the mud, cost her a job and left her afraid to take her children to the doctor. al, 26 Apr. 2021 The defense will always drag the victim’s name through the mud. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2021 Instead of letting your team slog through the mud with no clear end in sight, give them clear objectives to work towards. Rhett Power, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 In more recent superhero history, King has been dragging married heroes through the mud in books like Heroes in Crisis, The Vision, Mister Miracle, and the current Strange Adventures. Oliver Sava, Vulture, 26 Feb. 2021 Thousands of years ago, a group of 17 people took a walk through the mud in eastern Africa. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 22 Dec. 2020 Music blares from a makeshift club near the river where miners sift through mud for gold. The Economist, 16 Dec. 2020 Christi Lukasiak is not here for her former Dance Moms costar, JoJo Siwa, dragging her name through the mud. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 7 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Workers are continuing to clear sand and mud away from the Ever Given, a 224,000-ton vessel that ran aground after 40-knot winds and a sandstorm caused low visibility and poor navigation. Rob Picheta, CNN, 26 Mar. 2021 Stubborn snow in the shaded hollows gives way to ice, which gives way to mud which eventually erupts in tiny shoots. Kelly Barnhill, Star Tribune, 24 Mar. 2021 This is simply good cultural hygiene, and slippery slopes are a myth, critics say, as the mountain turns to mud and slides into the ocean. Kyle Smith, National Review, 3 Mar. 2021 One dirt road led to his village, and when heavy summer rains turned it to mud, travel was all but impossible. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Feb. 2021 The path had turned to mud in the previous day’s rain, but above us the sky was bright blue, streaked with the wispiest of clouds, and the air smelled briny, with a strong sulfuric tang. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, 14 Dec. 2020 The 40-acre island would be built just upstream of the dam with the sand and mud the corps dredges out of the lock to keep it open for navigation. Greg Stanley, Star Tribune, 16 Nov. 2020 If there were a finder’s fee for incredible archaeology, a lot of it would be paid to mud. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 23 Sep. 2020 The park is heavily used and that's contributed to grassy areas turning to mud and becoming subject to erosion, said West Allis City Engineer Peter Daniels. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Sep. 2020

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

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7 Jun 2021

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“Mud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mud

: soft, wet dirt


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Kids Definition of mud

: soft wet earth or dirt


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