verb (used with object), mud·dled, mud·dling.
verb (used without object), mud·dled, mud·dling.
- muddle along,
- muddle through,
Origin of muddle
Examples from the Web for muddle
Meanwhile, the muddle in Malaysia makes it far harder for the searchers to know where to look.
That common denominator gets lost in the muddle, sometimes, when we talk about fashion.Tilda Swinton and Oliver Saillard Perform the Creation of Fashion in ‘Eternity Dress’|Sarah Moroz|November 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Governments manage to muddle through much more often than you think they possibly can.
As it is, it looks like Israel is set to continue to muddle along on its way to its own ruin.
For the most part, however, he gives every sign of trying to muddle along.How Obama Got Fierce on Foreign Policy: James Mann’s 'The Obamians'|Jacob Heilbrunn|June 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Then tell Helen she doesn't have to marry, that, with the best intentions, the Church has made a muddle of monogamy.Why Marry?|Jesse Lynch Williams
In 1872 he would speak pathetically of his “Crimean muddle,” perplexed, as he well might be, by the intricacies of Inkerman.A. W. Kinglake|W. Tuckwell
It seems to me Providence would show more sense not to muddle things up so in the first place.Chicken Little Jane on the Big John|Lily Munsell Ritchie
It was not much, but sufficient to muddle his brain, and to make him sluggish and drowsy for a time.Hours of Exercise in the Alps|John Tyndall
Why, look around and see the muddle and mess most people make of the contract.Married Life|May Edginton
Word Origin for muddle
1590s, "destroy the clarity of" (a transferred sense); literal sense ("to bathe in mud") is from c.1600; perhaps frequentative formation from mud, or from Dutch moddelen "to make (water) muddy," from the same Proto-Germanic source. Sense of "to make muddy" is from 1670s; that of "make confused" first recorded 1680s. Meaning "to bungle" is from 1885. Related: Muddled; muddling.
1818, from muddle (v.).