[ muhk ]
/ mʌk /
moist farmyard dung, decaying vegetable matter, etc.; manure.
a highly organic, dark or black soil, less than 50 percent combustible, often used as a manure.
filth, dirt, or slime.
defamatory or sullying remarks.
a state of chaos or confusion: to make a muck of things.
Chiefly British Informal. something of no value; trash.
(especially in mining) earth, rock, or other useless matter to be removed in order to get out the mineral or other substances sought.
verb (used with object)
to make dirty; soil.
to remove muck from (sometimes followed by out).
- to ruin; bungle (often followed by up).
- to put into a state of complete confusion (often followed by up).
muck about/around, Informal. to idle; waste time; loiter.
DO YOU KNOW THIS VOCABULARY FROM "THE HANDMAID'S TALE"?
"The Handmaid's Tale" was required reading for many of us in school. Everyone else has probably watched the very popular and addictive TV show. Do you remember this vocabulary from the book, and do you know what these terms mean?
Question 1 of 10
Origin of muck
1200–50; Middle English muc, muk < Old Norse myki cow dung
Words nearby muck
Definition for muck up (2 of 2)
[ muhk-uhp ]
/ ˈmʌkˌʌp /
a bungled or disordered situation; foul-up.
Origin of muck-up
First recorded in 1925–30; noun use of verb phrase muck up
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020
British Dictionary definitions for muck up (1 of 2)
verb (adverb) informal
(tr) British and Australian to ruin or spoil; make a mess of
(intr) Australian to misbehave
British Dictionary definitions for muck up (2 of 2)
/ (mʌk) /
to spread manure upon (fields, gardens, etc)
to soil or pollute
(often foll by out) to clear muck from
Word Origin for muck
C13: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse myki dung, Norwegian myk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Idioms and Phrases with muck up
Bungle, damage, make a mess of, as in Don't let him write the review; he's sure to muck it up. This idiom alludes to the verb muck in the sense of “spread manure on.” [Early 1900s] For a synonym, see foul up.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.