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From Middle English muddy; equivalent to mud +‎ -y.


  • IPA(key): [ˈmʌdi]
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  • Rhymes: -ʌdi


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.
  5. (euphemistic) Soiled with feces.


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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.
    • 2014, Steve Rose, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: a primate scream - first look review", The Guardian, 1 July 2014:
      As the humans establish tentative bonds with their evolutionary cousins, the inter-species waters start to muddy.
    • 2019 April 28, Alex McLevy, “Game Of Thrones Suffers the Fog of War in the Battle against the Dead (Newbies)”, in The A.V. Club[1], archived from the original on 31 May 2021:
      It may have been effective at conveying the confusion of the situation, but it didn’t make for terribly thrilling scenes. The blurry camerawork (quite literally at times) and rapid-fire editing meant that exchanges of blows that should have been viscerally thrilling were often muddied, good for capturing the mood but not much fun to watch.
  3. To mute of color.
    The addition of the second batch of paint muddied the bright colors to a dull and washed look.

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