mud·sling·er | \-ˌsliŋ-ər \

Definition of mudslinger 

: one that makes malicious attacks especially against a political opponent

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from mudslinger

mudslinging \-ˌsliŋ-iŋ \ noun

Synonyms for mudslinger


attack dog

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of mudslinger in a Sentence

a local hot-button issue that has turned some normally mild-mannered neighbors into letter-writing mudslingers

Recent Examples on the Web

In 2010, when the group launched ahead of Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, Brock had imposed a set of self-regulations on the staff that would cultivate an air of respectability for the mudslingers. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "What Hurts a Political Opponent in the Age of Trump?," 20 May 2018 What must be almost the last charge of this decimated brigade of mudslingers approaches again, carrying with them like a Kathy Griffin icon the utter imbecility of the Steele accusations. Conrad Black, National Review, "The Steele Dossier Is Still Absurd," 11 Oct. 2017 If that lady is a 101-year-old movie legend, any would-be mudslingers best take care, her attorney said this week. Christie D'zurilla,, "Did You Hear ... ? Ed Skrein walks from 'Hellboy,' Harvey victims get Hollywood help, and more from the week in entertainment," 2 Sep. 2017 He isn’t known as a dogface solider boy or mudslinger in South Miami. Alex Butler, miamiherald, "For 66 years, he has lived on this block, now named for the World War II veteran," 28 Apr. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'mudslinger.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of mudslinger

1876, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about mudslinger

Share mudslinger

Dictionary Entries near mudslinger





mud snail

mud snake

mud snipe

Statistics for mudslinger

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for mudslinger

The first known use of mudslinger was in 1876

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on mudslinger

See words that rhyme with mudslinger

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for mudslinger

Comments on mudslinger

What made you want to look up mudslinger? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!