muck

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English mok, muk, from Old Norse myki, mykr (dung) (compare Icelandic mykja), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)meug (slick, slippery), *meuk (compare Welsh mign (swamp), Latin mūcus (snot), mucere (to be moldy or musty), Latvian mukls (swampy), Albanian myk (mould), Ancient Greek mýxa 'mucus, lamp wick', mýkes 'fungus'), from *(s)meug, meuk 'to slip'. More at meek.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

muck (uncountable)

  1. Slimy mud.
    The car was covered in muck from the rally race.
    I need to clean the muck off my shirt.
  2. Soft or slimy manure.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
  3. dirt; something that makes another thing dirty.
    What's that green muck on the floor?
  4. Anything filthy or vile.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
  5. (obsolete, derogatory) money
    • Beaumont and Fletcher
      the fatal muck we quarrelled for

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Verb[edit]

muck (third-person singular simple present mucks, present participle mucking, simple past and past participle mucked)

  1. To shovel muck.
    We need to muck the stable before it gets too thick.
  2. To manure with muck.
  3. To do a dirty job.
  4. (poker, colloquial) To pass (give one's cards back to the dealer).

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Manx[edit]

Noun[edit]

muck f (genitive muickey or muigey, plural mucyn or muckyn or muick)

  1. Alternative form of muc

Mutation[edit]

Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
muck vuck unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably of North Germanic origin; compare Old Norse myki, mykr ‘dung’.

Noun[edit]

muck (uncountable)

  1. dung, manure, muck

Verb[edit]

tae muck (third-person singular simple present mucks, present participle muckin, simple past muckit, past participle muckit)

  1. To dirty, foul

Turkish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

muck

  1. Kiss sound, mwah