[ muhd-l ]
/ ˈmʌd l /
verb (used with object), mud·dled, mud·dling.
to mix up in a confused or bungling manner; jumble.
to cause to become mentally confused.
to cause to become confused or stupid with or as if with an intoxicating drink.
to make muddy or turbid, as water.
to mix or stir (a cocktail, chocolate, etc.).
Ceramics. to smooth (clay) by rubbing it on glass.
verb (used without object), mud·dled, mud·dling.
to behave, proceed, or think in a confused or aimless fashion or with an air of improvisation: Some people just muddle along, waiting for their big break.
the state or condition of being muddled, especially a confused mental state.
a confused, disordered, or embarrassing condition; mess.
muddle through, to achieve a certain degree of success but without much skill, polish, experience, or direction: None of us knew much about staging a variety show, so we just had to muddle through.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for muddle through (1 of 2)
(intr, adverb) mainly British to succeed in some undertaking in spite of lack of organization
British Dictionary definitions for muddle through (2 of 2)
/ (ˈmʌdəl) /
(often foll by up) to mix up (objects, items, etc); jumble
to make (water) muddy or turbulent
US to mix or stir (alcoholic drinks, etc)
a state of physical or mental confusion
muddled, adjectivemuddledness or muddlement, nounmuddling, adjective, nounmuddlingly, adverb
Word Origin for muddle
C16: perhaps from Middle Dutch moddelen to make muddy
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Idioms and Phrases with muddle through
Blunder through something, manage but awkwardly, as in The choir never knows how to line up, but we muddle through somehow. [Early 1900s]
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