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muddy

[muhd-ee]
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adjective, mud·di·er, mud·di·est.
  1. abounding in or covered with mud.
  2. not clear or pure: muddy colors.
  3. cloudy with sediment: muddy coffee.
  4. dull, as the complexion.
  5. not clear mentally.
  6. obscure or vague, as thought, expression, or literary style.
  7. 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.
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verb (used with object), mud·died, mud·dy·ing.
  1. to make muddy; soil with mud.
  2. to make turbid.
  3. to cause to be confused or obscure.
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verb (used without object), mud·died, mud·dy·ing.
  1. to become muddy.
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Origin of muddy

First recorded in 1375–1425, muddy is from the late Middle English word muddi. See mud, -y1
Related formsmud·di·ly, adverbmud·di·ness, nounun·mud·died, adjectiveun·mud·dy, adjective
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muddy

adjective -dier or -diest
  1. covered or filled with mud
  2. not clear or brightmuddy colours
  3. cloudya muddy liquid
  4. (esp of thoughts) confused or vague
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verb -dies, -dying or -died
  1. to become or cause to become muddy
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Derived Formsmuddily, adverbmuddiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for muddied

muddy

adj.

late 13c., from mud + -y (2). Big Muddy in reference to the Missouri or Mississippi rivers is first recorded 1825.

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muddy

v.

"to make muddy," c.1600, from muddy (adj.). Related: Muddied; muddying.

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