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muddy

[muhd-ee] /ˈmʌd i/
adjective, muddier, muddiest.
1.
abounding in or covered with mud.
2.
not clear or pure:
muddy colors.
3.
cloudy with sediment:
muddy coffee.
4.
dull, as the complexion.
5.
not clear mentally.
6.
obscure or vague, as thought, expression, or literary style.
7.
Horse Racing. denoting the condition of a track after a heavy, continuous rainfall has ceased and been completely absorbed into the surface, leaving it the consistency of thick mud.
verb (used with object), muddied, muddying.
8.
to make muddy; soil with mud.
9.
to make turbid.
10.
to cause to be confused or obscure.
verb (used without object), muddied, muddying.
11.
to become muddy.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English muddi. See mud, -y1
Related forms
muddily, adverb
muddiness, noun
unmuddied, adjective
unmuddy, adjective
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  • Sometimes it can turn a muddy scene into one in which you become the villain.
  • One student's absence involved nudity, an arrest, a tour of prospective students and a muddy bank along a body of water.
  • Once again, a digression intended to muddy the waters.
  • The advice from people who know me and from experts in the field serves only to muddy the water.
  • Now you know that you can expect to draw certain muddy thinkers out into the open.
  • And please don't muddy the water with issues of microscopes and rec centers.
  • The day was cold with a raw wind, but presently the sun began to shine and the road became soft and muddy.
  • The one narrow road, a mere muddy track along which the army was encamped, was choked with the marching columns.
  • Yet, rewind the clock a bit, and one can achieve some clarity from this muddy picture.
  • The overhead lights and muddy flats between the silent, windowless buildings suggested a concentration camp.
British Dictionary definitions for muddy

muddy

/ˈmʌdɪ/
adjective -dier, -diest
1.
covered or filled with mud
2.
not clear or bright: muddy colours
3.
cloudy: a muddy liquid
4.
(esp of thoughts) confused or vague
verb -dies, -dying, -died
5.
to become or cause to become muddy
Derived Forms
muddily, adverb
muddiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for muddy
adj.

late 13c., from mud + -y (2). Big Muddy in reference to the Missouri or Mississippi rivers is first recorded 1825.

v.

"to make muddy," c.1600, from muddy (adj.). Related: Muddied; muddying.

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