Definition of morass in English:

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Pronunciation: /məˈras/


1An area of muddy or boggy ground.
Example sentences
  • We tend to take such well maintained paths for granted but on the mountain the contrast between the good path and the muddy morass is all too obvious.
  • Trails through the jungle growth were impassable by the muddy morass.
  • On the appointed day the Queen inspected a muddy, smelly morass.
2A complicated or confused situation: she would become lost in a morass of lies and explanations
More example sentences
  • Their bond is deep, and they have found mutual understanding amid a morass of confusion.
  • But this whole issue has been lost in a morass of other complications.
  • Rumours persist too of other investments in properties and companies; of a morass of financial dealings so complicated that the police are having difficulty getting to the bottom of it all.
confusion, chaos, muddle, tangle, entanglement, imbroglio, jumble, clutter
informal logjam


Late 15th century: from Dutch moeras, alteration (by assimilation to moer 'moor') of Middle Dutch marasch, from Old French marais 'marsh', from medieval Latin mariscus.

Words that rhyme with morass

alas, Alsace, amass, Bass, chasse, crass, crevasse, en masse, gas, Hamas, lass, mass, sass, tarantass, tass, wrasse

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Syllabification: mo·rass

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