What does muddy mean?

Definitions for muddy
ˈmʌd imud·dy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. boggy, marshy, miry, mucky, muddy, quaggy, sloppy, sloughy, soggy, squashy, swampy, waterloggedadjective

    (of soil) soft and watery

    "the ground was boggy under foot"; "a marshy coastline"; "miry roads"; "wet mucky lowland"; "muddy barnyard"; "quaggy terrain"; "the sloughy edge of the pond"; "swampy bayous"

  2. mucky, muddyadjective

    dirty and messy; covered with mud or muck

    "muddy boots"; "a mucky stable"

  3. dirty, dingy, muddied, muddyadjective

    (of color) discolored by impurities; not bright and clear

    "dirty" is often used in combination; "a dirty (or dingy) white"; "the muddied grey of the sea"; "muddy colors"; "dirty-green walls"; "dirty-blonde hair"

  4. cloudy, muddy, mirky, murky, turbidverb

    (of liquids) clouded as with sediment

    "a cloudy liquid"; "muddy coffee"; "murky waters"

  5. muddy, muddy upverb

    dirty with mud

  6. muddyverb

    cause to become muddy

    "These data would have muddied the prediction"

  7. muddyverb

    make turbid

    "muddy the water"


  1. muddyverb

    To get mud on (something).

    If you muddy your shoes don't wear them inside.

  2. muddyverb

    To make a mess of, or create confusion with regard to.

    The discussion only muddied their understanding of the subject.

  3. muddyadjective

    Covered with or full of mud or wet soil.

  4. muddyadjective

    With mud or other sediment brought into suspension, turbid.

    The previously limpid water was now muddy as a result of the epic struggle.

  5. muddyadjective

    Not clear; mixed up or blurry.

    The picture is decent, but the sound is muddy.

  6. muddyadjective

    Soiled with feces.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Muddyadjective

    Etymology: from mud.

    A woman mov’d is like a fountain troubled,
    Muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty. William Shakespeare.

    Her garments, heavy with their drink,
    Pull’d the poor wretch from her melodious lay
    To muddy death. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Carry it among the whitsters in Datchet mead, and there empty it in the muddy ditch close by the Thames. William Shakespeare.

    Who can a pure and crystal current bring
    From such a muddy and polluted spring? George Sandys, Paraph.

    I strove in vain th’ infected blood to cure,
    Streams will run muddy where the spring’s impure. Wentworth Dillon.

    Till by the fury of the storm full blown,
    The muddy bottom o’er the clouds is thrown. Dryden.

    Out of the true fountains of science painters and statuaries are bound to draw, without amusing themselves with dipping in streams which are often muddy, at least troubled; I mean the manner of their masters after whom they creep. Dryden.

    There’s not the smallest orb which thou behold’st,
    But in his motion like an angel sings,
    Still quiring to the young ey’d cherubims;
    Such harmony is in immortal sounds;
    But whilst this muddy vesture of decay
    Doth grosly close us in, we cannot hear it. William Shakespeare.

    If you chuse, for the composition of such ointment, such ingredients as do make the spirits a little more gross or muddy, thereby the imagination will fix the better. Francis Bacon.

    His passengers
    Expos’d in muddy weeds, upon the miry shore. Dryden.

    The black
    A more inferior station seeks,
    Leaving the fiery red behind,
    And mingles in her muddy cheeks. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.

    Do’st think I am so muddy, so unsettl’d,
    To appoint myself in this vexation. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Yet I,
    A dull and muddy mettled rascal, peak,
    Like John-a-dreams, unpregnant of my cause,
    And can say nothing. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

  2. To Muddyverb

    To make muddy; to cloud; to disturb.

    Etymology: from mud.

    The people muddied
    Thick and unwholesome in their thoughts and whispers. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Excess, either with an apoplexy, knocks a man on the head; or with a fever, like fire in a strong-water-shop, burns him down to the ground; or if it flames not out, charks him to a coal; muddies the best wit, and makes it only to flutter and froth high. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol. b. iii.


  1. muddy

    Muddy is an adjective used to describe something that is covered or filled with mud, a mixture of water and dirt. This term can also refer to a situation or issue that is unclear, confused or difficult to understand or comprehend. Additionally, it can refer to liquid or color having a dirty or unclear appearance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Muddy

    abounding in mud; besmeared or dashed with mud; as, a muddy road or path; muddy boots

  2. Muddy

    turbid with mud; as, muddy water

  3. Muddy

    consisting of mud or earth; gross; impure

  4. Muddy

    confused, as if turbid with mud; cloudy in mind; dull; stupid; also, immethodical; incoherent; vague

  5. Muddy

    not clear or bright

  6. Muddyverb

    to soil with mud; to dirty; to render turbid

  7. Muddyverb

    fig.: To cloud; to make dull or heavy


  1. Muddy

    Muddy is a small incorporated village located in the Harrisburg Township in Saline County, Illinois, United States. The population was 68 at the 2010 census. Muddy was built as a coal mining village to house miners working in O'gara #12 mine located on the north bank of the Saline River. Its sister city of Harrisburg is located on the south bank. Muddy, until 2002, held the smallest post office in the United States. A larger building adjacent to the former post office was constructed to better serve its citizens. The old post office remains, and the sign now reads "OLD MUDDY POST OFFICE".

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of muddy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of muddy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of muddy in a Sentence

  1. Wil Roebroeks:

    It’s a matter of immobilizing these animals or driving them into muddy shores so that their weight works against them, if you can immobilize one with a few people and corner them into an area where they get stuck. It’s a matter of finishing them off.

  2. Khushi Khatun:

    Had there been no such school, she would have had to walk two kilometers along a muddy path or take a boat journey during monsoon which may have discouraged her to study.

  3. William Congreve:

    Invention flags, his brain goes muddy, and black despair succeeds brown study.

  4. Julie Rikelman:

    What the other parts of the opinion will mean will play out in the coming years, we think the opinion did muddy the waters a bit, and so will lead to more litigation rather than less.

  5. Carol Channing:

    Everybody was saying, 'She's not 5-foot-2, eyes of blue. She's over 6 feet tall and has muddy brown eyes,' but Anita (Loos) stuck to it.

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