- wet, soft earth or earthy matter, as on the ground after rain, at the bottom of a pond, or along the banks of a river; mire.
- Informal. scandalous or malicious assertions or information: The opposition threw a lot of mud at our candidate.
- Slang. brewed coffee, especially when strong or bitter.
- a mixture of chemicals and other substances pumped into a drilling rig chiefly as a lubricant for the bit and shaft.
- to cover, smear, or spatter with mud: to mud the walls of a hut.
- to stir up the mud or sediment in: waders mudding the clear water.
- to hide in or burrow into mud.
Origin of mud
Examples from the Web for mudded
In that mudded and warworn army there was a fire no hardship could subdue.
Then we replaced the chinkings that the porcupines had gnawed out, calked and mudded all cracks.
But I think it is best to have at least one good log cabin well chinked, mudded and banked.
The voice came from a mudded hollow, where a loaded cart stuck fast, an old horse and an old man striving with it in vain.The Unknown Sea
Sometimes on the morrow of a rainy-day, a silk dress, mudded and wet, would be seen hanging out to dry upon this beam.Toilers of the Sea
- a fine-grained soft wet deposit that occurs on the ground after rain, at the bottom of ponds, lakes, etc
- informal slander or defamation
- clear as mud informal not at all clear
- drag someone's name in the mud to disgrace or defame someone
- here's mud in your eye informal a humorous drinking toast
- someone's name is mud informal someone is disgraced
- throw mud at or sling mud at informal to slander; vilify
- (tr) to soil or cover with mud
Word Origin and History for mudded
mid-14c., cognate with and probably from Middle Low German mudde, Middle Dutch modde "thick mud," from Proto-Germanic *mud- from PIE *(s)meu-/*mu- [Buck], found in many words denoting "wet" or "dirty" (cf. Greek mydos "damp, moisture," Old Irish muad "cloud," Polish muł "slime," Sanskrit mutra- "urine," Avestan muthra- "excrement, filth"); related to German Schmutz "dirt," which also is used for "mud" in roads, etc., to avoid dreck, which originally meant "excrement." Welsh mwd is from English. Replaced native fen.
Meaning "lowest or worst of anything" is from 1580s. As a word for "coffee," it is hobo slang from 1925; as a word for "opium" from 1922. To throw or hurl mud "make disgraceful accusations" is from 1762. To say (one's) name is mud and mean "(one) is discredited" is first recorded 1823, from mud in obsolete sense of "a stupid twaddling fellow" (1708). Mud in your eye as a toast recorded from 1912, American English. Mud puppy "salamander" is from 1889, American English; mud bath is from 1798; mud pie is from 1788.