- 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 mud
He scrambled outside to find a 25-foot-wide crater just beyond the mud wall surrounding his family compound.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
They described him as clad in black, his face smeared with mud.Killer Eric Frein Held in Murdered Cop’s Cuffs
October 31, 2014
Knee deep in mud, sweat mixing with rain, they forced the Land Rover through the jungle.
Sheets of torrential rains pouring down over the Land Rover sent its four wheels plunging into the mud.
In a dim backroom of a mud hut in Save, 82-year-old Teresa Nyirabutunda sits propped upright in bed by her daughter, Francine.After the Genocide, Rwanda’s Widows Aging Alone
August 31, 2014
Do you expect me to pick up everything you've thrown in the mud and feel grateful?Viviette
William J. Locke
Then she added, in a lower tone, "'Kuse me fo' throwin' mud on yo' coat."The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
At length we reached the firm ground, covered with mud and chilled with cold.
I was up to my middle in mud, at times, but the water was not very deep.
We were confined in a sort of a prison, that was covered with mud.
- 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 mud
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.
Idioms and Phrases with mud
see clear as mud; name is mud; sling mud at.