Definitions for muddleˈmʌd l

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mud•dleˈmʌd l(v.; n.)-dled, -dling

  1. (v.t.)to mix up in a confused or bungling manner.

  2. to cause to become mentally confused.

  3. to cause to become confused or stupid with or as if with liquor.

  4. to make muddy or turbid, as water.

  5. to mix or stir (a drink).

  6. (v.i.)to think or act in a confused or aimless fashion:

    muddling along, waiting for a big break.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. muddle through, to make progress or reach a goal despite lack of knowledge, skill, or direction.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  8. (n.)the state of being muddled, esp. a confused mental state.

  9. a confused or disordered state of affairs; mess.

Origin of muddle:

1540–50; mud+ -le


Princeton's WordNet

  1. clutter, jumble, muddle, fuddle, mare's nest, welter, smother(noun)

    a confused multitude of things

  2. fix, hole, jam, mess, muddle, pickle, kettle of fish(verb)

    informal terms for a difficult situation

    "he got into a terrible fix"; "he made a muddle of his marriage"

  3. muddle, puddle(verb)

    make into a puddle

    "puddled mire"

  4. addle, muddle, puddle(verb)

    mix up or confuse

    "He muddled the issues"


  1. muddle(Noun)

    A mixture; a confusion; a garble.

    The muddle of nervous speech he uttered did not have much meaning.

  2. muddle(Verb)

    To mix together, to mix up; to confuse.

    The tiny speakers tend to muddle the words.

  3. muddle(Verb)

    To mash slightly for use in a cocktail.

    He muddled the mint sprigs in the bottom of the glass.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Muddle(verb)

    to make turbid, or muddy, as water

  2. Muddle(verb)

    to cloud or stupefy; to render stupid with liquor; to intoxicate partially

  3. Muddle(verb)

    to waste or misuse, as one does who is stupid or intoxicated

  4. Muddle(verb)

    to mix confusedly; to confuse; to make a mess of; as, to muddle matters; also, to perplex; to mystify

  5. Muddle(verb)

    to dabble in mud

  6. Muddle(verb)

    to think and act in a confused, aimless way

  7. Muddle(noun)

    a state of being turbid or confused; hence, intellectual cloudiness or dullness

Translations for muddle

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a state of confusion

These papers keep getting in a muddle.

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