- 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 mudding
Contemporary Examples of mudding
By mudding the waters with consensual adult services, the issue itself is not being dealt with.Sex Workers Deserve Health Care, Too
May 20, 2014
Mike loves “mudding” and buries all kinds of vehicles up to their axles in the big open fields around Dryden.The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town
E. Jean Carroll
April 19, 2014
From ‘mudding’ to whether the show will be back for Season 2, Anna Klassen on everything Gandee.Who Was Shain Gandee, the MTV ‘Buckwild’ Star Found Dead?
April 2, 2013
Historical Examples of mudding
Even if you don't play yourself, your friends might like to entertain themselves with a little music while you were mudding.'The Wrong Box
Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
Cracks between the logs which no amount of mudding would completely fill.Plowing On Sunday
The “mudding” of the house is a part of the natural and necessary preparation for winter.In Beaver World
Enos Abijah Mills
Carrying sand, cleaning corn patch, mudding and rubbing walls.The White Queen of Okoyong
- 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 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.
see clear as mud; name is mud; sling mud at.