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Origin of muddle

First recorded in 1540–50; mud + -le; cognate with Middle Dutch moddelen “to muddy”

OTHER WORDS FROM muddle

mud·dled·ness, mud·dle·ment, nounmud·dling·ly, adverbpre·mud·dle, noun, verb (used with object), pre·mud·dled, pre·mud·dling.
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How to use muddle in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for muddle

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)
noun
a state of physical or mental confusion

Derived forms of muddle

Word Origin for muddle

C16: perhaps from Middle Dutch moddelen to make muddy
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