Origin of mucking
- 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.
- mire; mud.
- 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.
- to manure.
- 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.
Origin of muck
Examples from the Web for mucking
His scapegoats then, as now, were the United States and Europe, which he blamed for mucking about in his backyard.Ukraine Is On the Verge Of War And Putin Is To Blame
February 20, 2014
The Senate Finance Committee has rolled up its sleeves this week, and is mucking about in the fine print of amendments.The Death of Death Panels
September 29, 2009
Did you consult study any guides as you were mucking your way through?Is God Evil?
The Daily Beast
March 11, 2009
Yes, you've taken to mucking your work—doing it in a most slovenly way.L'Assommoir
But what's the good of my mucking about in a filthy uniform?Sonia Between two Worlds
We got the idea from the British Tommy, only he calls it "mucking it."Into the Jaws of Death
"I don't mean to have any one else mucking around," growled Dunn in answer.The Bittermeads Mystery
E. R. Punshon
Roving and changing and mucking about in crowds—no; I was fed up with that when he sent me away to school.Where the Pavement Ends
- to spread manure upon (fields, gardens, etc)
- to soil or pollute
- (often foll by out) to clear muck from
Word Origin and History for mucking
mid-13c., "cow dung and vegetable matter spread as manure," from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse myki, mykr "cow dung," Danish møg, from Proto-Germanic *muk-, *meuk- "soft." Meaning "unclean matter generally" is from c.1300. Muck-sweat first attested 1690s.
late 14c., "to dig in the ground," also "to remove manure," early 15c., "to spread manure, cover with muck," from muck (n.). Meaning "to make dirty" is from 1832; in the figurative sense, "to make a mess of," it is from 1886; to muck about "mess around" is from 1856. Related: Mucked; mucking.