Nearby words

  1. mud-wrestling,
  2. mudanjiang,
  3. mudcap,
  4. mudcat,
  5. mudder,
  6. muddle along,
  7. muddle through,
  8. muddled,
  9. muddlehead,
  10. muddleheaded

Origin of muddle

1540–50; mud + -le; cognate with Middle Dutch moddelen to muddy

Related formsmud·dled·ness, mud·dle·ment, nounmud·dling·ly, adverbpre·mud·dle, noun, verb (used with object), pre·mud·dled, pre·mud·dling.un·mud·dled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for muddle


/ (ˈmʌdəl) /

verb (tr)

(often foll by up) to mix up (objects, items, etc); jumble
to confuse
to make (water) muddy or turbulent
US to mix or stir (alcoholic drinks, etc)


a state of physical or mental confusion
Derived Forms

Word Origin for muddle

C16: perhaps from Middle Dutch moddelen to make muddy

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