Definition of muddy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmʌdi/

adjective (muddier, muddiest)

1Covered in or full of mud: they changed their muddy boots
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  • It was a rainy day in London; the muddy streets were covered with sheets of icy water when Emma and her companions arrived.
  • As well as the debris scattered around the worktops, muddy footprints covered the whole kitchen.
  • The ground was very muddy, but eventually they planted their crops and their animals began to reproduce.
1.1Not bright or clear; dirty-looking: the original colours were blurred into muddy pink and yellow
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  • I think the blue wash that old ladies use looks bright white to them, whereas bright white looks like a dingy, muddy yellow.
  • She is wearing gold loafers that seem oddly bright on the muddy blue carpet.
  • The muddy yellows and dark reds are unfortunate hallmarks of DLP projectors.
dingy, dirty, drab, dull, sludgy, washed out, flat
1.2(Of a sound, especially in music) not clearly defined: an awful muddy sound that renders his vocals incoherent
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  • To my ears, it simply sounds like grainy, muddy ambient music and experiments in granular synthesis.
  • Too often the fugue sounds either muddy or disjointed in performance.
  • Some people may feel it sounds a bit muddy but my ear soon adjusts to that phenomenon and it doesn't depreciate my appreciation of this recording a whit.
1.3Confused, vague, or illogical: some sentences are so muddy that their meaning can only be guessed
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  • There were no grey areas, no muddy patches of confusion to catch you off guard.
  • Hence, the nature of the audience using the Internet quickly becomes muddy.
  • But as the mystery of the film deepens even this vision of marital concord becomes muddy.
incoherent, confused, muddled, jumbled, woolly, vague, fuzzy

verb (muddies, muddying, muddied)

[with object]
1Cover or fill (something) with mud: the linoleum flooring was muddied
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  • Here they provide pull-on boot covers, so you don't muddy the floor or have to unlace; a very good idea.
  • It's a good idea to mulch each plant with an inch or so of aquarium gravel to keep soil from muddying the water.
  • We snake on north, eventually forking off the perfect track for a short section that might muddy your boots after rain.
make muddy, cake with mud/dirt, dirty, soil, begrime, grime, mire, spatter, bespatter
literary smirch, besmirch, bemire
1.1Make (something) hard or harder to understand: the first year’s results muddy rather than clarify the situation
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  • I mean, rather than muddy your message along the way, is it better to go with what you know and then make corrections at a later date?
  • Depending on your perspective, he either clarified or muddied the matter.
  • Sometimes court battles muddy an issue more than clarifying it.


muddy the waters

Make an issue or situation more confused or complicated: the conflation of two distinct hypotheses has merely served to muddy the waters
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  • But other recommendations muddy the waters, by confusing issues of individual freedom with the imposition of various forms of responsibility.
  • But I do think that this scheme is giving a different message, and it is muddying the waters and quite confusing for younger children.
  • I understand that there's new legislation in South Africa which is going to perhaps, depending on which way you look at it, clarify the situation or muddy the waters.



Pronunciation: /ˈmʌdɪli/
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  • We've seen some rather awesome assaults on castles in movies recently, so a muddily directed sequence with lots of arrows being shot at some cheap-looking castle walls doesn't really cut it.
  • It's stylish and superficially entertaining, but his megalomaniac motives for his crimes are at best muddily explained.
  • It's a film that is created around its set pieces, which are linked muddily together.


Pronunciation: /ˈmʌdɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • This ‘digitally remastered’ film hasn't done away with the occasional bits of muddiness, feedback, and generally uneven mixing we've come to know, but ain't that live music?
  • It has high dynamic power and a low impedance driver so it sounds full, without any muddiness.
  • The only unknown in this album is why the normally crisp vocals from lead man Chris Martin have been mixed low on certain tracks, resulting in some muddiness.

Words that rhyme with muddy

bloody, buddy, cruddy, cuddy, nuddy, ruddy, study

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