- abounding in or covered with mud.
- not clear or pure: muddy colors.
- cloudy with sediment: muddy coffee.
- dull, as the complexion.
- not clear mentally.
- obscure or vague, as thought, expression, or literary style.
- Horse Racing. denoting the condition of a track after a heavy, continuous rainfall has ceased and been completely absorbed into the surface, leaving it the consistency of thick mud.
- to make muddy; soil with mud.
- to make turbid.
- to cause to be confused or obscure.
- to become muddy.
Origin of muddy
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Examples from the Web for muddy
In late April or early May 1955, Chuck approached Muddy Waters about recording, and Muddy sent him to Leonard Chess.How Rock and Roll Killed Jim Crow
October 26, 2014
To actually get out into a muddy field for a change and have some bombs go off certainly beat sitting around a dining room table.Dan Stevens Blows Up ‘Downton’: From Chubby-Cheeked Aristo to Lean, Mean American Psycho
September 19, 2014
When Muddy got the message, he ran to a phone and called his boss.
But these songs by Muddy—no one had ever made commercial records like this.
Muddy came in week after week to ask when it would hit stores.
He washed his eye with this muddy liquid, and prayed fervently.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
All the cabins of the coloured inhabitants had fallen into the muddy waters.My Double Life
The Earthman rubbed sweat from his eyes with the back of a muddy hand.Flamedown
Horace Brown Fyfe
None of them are muddy, or metallic, or dingy, as are too many blues and lavenders.The Mayflower, January, 1905
Light must be brought into this dark, muddy, stinking labyrinth.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
- covered or filled with mud
- not clear or brightmuddy colours
- cloudya muddy liquid
- (esp of thoughts) confused or vague
- to become or cause to become muddy
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Word Origin and History for muddy
"to make muddy," c.1600, from muddy (adj.). Related: Muddied; muddying.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper