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. Wendy Winstead:

    We run fan, radios, TVs everything we can to muddle the sound.

  2. David Avella:

    First, the economy continues to muddle along and that has had impact on some donors in getting engaged.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Sean Coleman:

    We expect a muddle through economy rather than a recession this year, nonetheless, you could argue the high yield markets are pricing in a recession.

Images & Illustrations of muddle

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Translations for muddle

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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