What does muddle mean?

Definitions for muddleˈmʌd l

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word muddle.

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

  8. Origin: [From Mud.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Muddle

    mud′l, v.t. to render muddy or foul, as water: to confuse, esp. with liquor: to waste, squander, misuse.—v.i. to potter about.—n. confusion, mess: mental confusion, bewilderment.—n. Mudd′lehead, a blockhead.—adv. Muddlehead′edly.—n. Muddlehead′edness. [Freq. of mud.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of muddle in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of muddle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mohamed El-Erian:

    I think the probability of an accident is now somewhat higher. I don't think we can just muddle through forever on Greece.

  2. E. M. Forster:

    It isn't possible to love and part...you can transmutate love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. Love is eternal

  3. Lloyd Blankfein:

    ( The) U.S. economy is not going off the rails, i'm generally sanguine. We muddle through. I think some of this is an overreaction to the overreaction of assets being so swollen.

  4. John Kinsey:

    I don't think the expectations for earnings for (Canadian energy companies) are going to be very high, and because they were beaten up so badly that they will maybe just muddle through here.

  5. Sean Coleman:

    Despite recent market firmness, large deals still face resistance given the risk-off environment and weak technicals: fund outflows, buyers on strike and the slowing CLO machine, we expect a muddle through economy rather than a recession this year.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • Wirrwarr, verwirrenGerman
  • sekasotku, sotkea, sekoittaa, sotkuFinnish
  • confondre, mélangerFrench
  • cuir tro-chèileScottish Gaelic
  • konfuzeskarIdo
  • imbrogliare, impasticciare, guazzabuglio, casino, ingarbugliare, pastrocchio, pateracchio, pasticcio, intruglio, pastrocchiare, aggrovigliare, pasticciare, arruffareItalian
  • wirwar, verwarren, door mekaar mengen, warboelDutch
  • baralharPortuguese
  • încâlci, a face confuz, încurcaRomanian
  • röra, oreda, virrvarrSwedish

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