mud

noun
\ 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 1b 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)

mud

verb
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

guck (or gook), mire, muck, ooze, slime, slop, sludge, slush

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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

Kicking up endless swirls of dust in the south, then slogging through miles of knee-deep mud or snow in the north. Melanie Radzicki Mcmanus, chicagotribune.com, "‘Hiker trash,’ a fat rattlesnake and fickle Mother Nature: What it’s like to trek 800 miles on the Arizona Trail," 4 Sep. 2019 When Solari was relieved of his duties in March, the one man who was dragging his side through the mud was binned. SI.com, "Gareth Bale Was Right to Dig His Heels in & Stay at Real Madrid - His Importance Is Undeniable," 4 Sep. 2019 Police said city crews should be finished cleaning up the mud by about 11:30 a.m. to allow traffic to resume. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Water main break in North Park causes flooding," 1 Sep. 2019 And a local artist who has transformed the mud into his medium, creating an army of life-size statues — stark, Giacometti-like figures that serve as silent protesters condemning those responsible. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "Doc Talk: Escaping the Taliban, Manson making music, fighting back on Java and in Rhode Island," 27 Aug. 2019 At Lake Myvatn, where tourists soak in natural hot springs and gape at pits of boiling mud, demand for local accommodation has plunged. New York Times, "Iceland’s Purple Planes Are Grounded, and With Them, Its Economy," 25 Aug. 2019 One of the things that everyone remembers was how much mud there was everywhere. Lyndsey Havens, Billboard, "Woodstock 50 Years Later: My Dad Recalls His Trip to the 'Surreal' Festival," 18 Aug. 2019 The four days of music and mud drew scores of young people from just across the border in Connecticut. Slade Rand, courant.com, "50 years later, West Hartford’s Wavy Gravy and other Connecticut festival-goers recall the power of Woodstock," 15 Aug. 2019 Most backcountry tramping involves climbing mountains using tree roots as a ladder or shimmying across precarious three-wire bridges (or just plain old river crossings) and wading through mud up to your chest. Liz Carlson, Outside Online, "8 Can't-Miss New Zealand Adventures," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Two children were killed Saturday night at a mudding event accident in Middle Georgia, according to multiple reports. Steve Burns, ajc, "2 children killed at Georgia mudding event, officials say," 17 June 2018 JS: In Peter's [Beard] calendar, Malgosia [Bella] and Mariacarla [Boscono] had to mud wrestle while two elephants two feet away kicked the mud onto them. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Casting the Pirelli: Jennifer Starr Uncovers the Calendar's Secrets," 14 Nov. 2011

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First Known Use of mud

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mud

Noun

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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mud

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mud

: soft, wet dirt

mud

noun
\ ˈməd How to pronounce mud (audio) \

Kids Definition of mud

: soft wet earth or dirt

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