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mucky

Syllabification: muck·y
Pronunciation: /ˈməkē
 
/

Definition of mucky in English:

adjective (muckier, muckiest)

Covered with or consisting of dirt or filth: guests carried their food on trays to mucky tables
More example sentences
  • Whether going forward or in defence these three were everywhere, covering every mucky blade of grass.
  • Muttering and cursing to herself she pulls herself upright and finds that her trousers are covered in mucky water from a bowl that has been left on the floor.
  • There was a field beside the road, half mucky dirt and clods, and half graying grass struggling for vitality.
Synonyms
dirty, filthy, grimy, muddy, grubby, messy, soiled, stained, smeared, slimy, sticky, bespattered
informal cruddy, grungy, grotty, yucky
literary besmirched, begrimed, befouled

Derivatives

muckiness

1
noun
Example sentences
  • The muckiness is intensified on warmer days when the snow and ice melts into a brown slush.
  • Smiley is matter-of-fact about the muckiness of farm life: castrating piglets, spreading dangerous chemicals and eternal scrubbing.
  • Amongst the muckiness of poverty, walking past shops with aisles of dusty goods, along an empty road, I come across a man whistling.

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