muddy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

mud +‎ -y

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

muddy (comparative muddier, superlative muddiest)

  1. Covered with or full of mud or wet soil.
    He slogged across the muddy field.
    Take off your muddy boots before you come inside.
  2. With mud or other sediment brought into suspension, turbid.
    The previously limpid water was now muddy as a result of the epic struggle.
  3. Not clear; mixed up or blurry.
    The picture is decent, but the sound is muddy.
  4. Confused; stupid; incoherent; vague.
    • Burke
      cold hearts and muddy understandings
    • Shakespeare
      dost think I am so muddy, so unsettled
  5. (euphemistic) Soiled with feces.

Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

muddy (third-person singular simple present muddies, present participle muddying, simple past and past participle muddied)

  1. (transitive) To get mud on (something).
    If you muddy your shoes don't wear them inside.
  2. (transitive) To make a mess of, or create confusion with regard to; to muddle.
    The discussion only muddied their understanding of the subject.