Definition of muddy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmədē/

adjective (muddier, muddiest)

1Covered in or full of mud: they changed their muddy boots it was very muddy underfoot
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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.
waterlogged, boggy, marshy, swampy, squishy, mucky, slimy, spongy, wet, soft, heavy
archaic quaggy
mud-caked, muddied, dirty, filthy, mucky, grimy, soiled
literary begrimed
1.1(Of a color) dull and dirty-looking: the original colors 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
1.2(Of a sound, especially in music) not clearly defined: an awful muddy sound that renders his vocal 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.

verb (muddies, muddying, muddied)

[with object]
1Cause to become covered in or full of mud: the linoleum floor was muddied (as adjective muddied) cold, muddied feet
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  • His wife is next him, her blue skirt hem muddied, her arms full of their youngest child.
  • Her dress was torn, her legs were scratched and bruised, muddied from crawling on the filthy alley floor.
  • You see, this isn't much different than when your child comes home, muddied, bloodied, and aching because some bully decided to beat your little angel.
make muddy, dirty, soil, spatter, bespatter
literary besmirch, begrime
1.1Make (something) hard to perceive or 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.
make unclear, obscure, confuse, obfuscate, blur, cloud, befog


muddy the waters

Make an issue or a situation more confusing by introducing complications.
Example sentences
  • 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: /ˈmədəlē/
Example sentences
  • 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: /ˈmədēnəs/
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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Syllabification: mud·dy

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