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muddle

[muhd-l]
verb (used with object), muddled, muddling.
1.
to mix up in a confused or bungling manner; jumble.
2.
to cause to become mentally confused.
3.
to cause to become confused or stupid with or as if with an intoxicating drink.
4.
to make muddy or turbid, as water.
5.
to mix or stir (a cocktail, chocolate, etc.).
6.
Ceramics. to smooth (clay) by rubbing it on glass.
verb (used without object), muddled, muddling.
7.
to behave, proceed, or think in a confused or aimless fashion or with an air of improvisation: Some people just muddle along, waiting for their big break.
noun
8.
the state or condition of being muddled, especially a confused mental state.
9.
a confused, disordered, or embarrassing condition; mess.
Verb phrases
10.
muddle through, to achieve a certain degree of success but without much skill, polish, experience, or direction: None of us knew much about staging a variety show, so we just had to muddle through.

Origin:
1540–50; mud + -le; cognate with Middle Dutch moddelen to muddy

muddledness, muddlement, noun
muddlingly, adverb
premuddle, noun, verb (used with object), premuddled, premuddling.
unmuddled, adjective


1. confuse, botch, bungle, spoil.
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muddle (ˈmʌdəl)
 
vb
1.  (often foll by up) to mix up (objects, items, etc); jumble
2.  to confuse
3.  to make (water) muddy or turbulent
4.  (US) to mix or stir (alcoholic drinks, etc)
 
n
5.  a state of physical or mental confusion
 
[C16: perhaps from Middle Dutch moddelen to make muddy]
 
'muddled
 
adj
 
'muddledness
 
n
 
'muddlement
 
n
 
'muddling
 
adj, —n
 
'muddlingly
 
adv
 
'muddly
 
adj

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muddle
1590s, perhaps frequentative of mud (q.v.), or from Du. moddelen "to make (water) muddy," from the same P.Gmc. source. Sense of "make confused" first recorded 1680s. Related: Muddled; muddling.
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