verb (used with object), mud·dled, mud·dling.
verb (used without object), mud·dled, mud·dling.
Origin of muddle
Synonyms for muddle
Related Words for muddledchaotic, convoluted, messy, disorganized, jumbled, blurred, bewildered, disordered, addled, befuddled, dazed, disorderly, topsy-turvy, untidy
Examples from the Web for muddled
Contemporary Examples of muddled
Her own muddled feelings of confusion, shame, and fear are what make the essay great and what make the essay her story.The Right's Rape Trolls vs. Lena Dunham
December 10, 2014
This obviously closed off some important avenues of inquiry, but I guess we muddled through.American Poet: Remembering Lou Reed
October 28, 2013
The black, starless sky creeps over the muddled sunset that stains the waves purple before melting away.I Can’t Shake Hawaii: An Ode to Returning to Places You’ve Been Before
Debra A. Klein
October 7, 2013
That was clear and pretty popular, whereas today, the GOP message is muddled and unpopular.Washington’s Other Car Crash: Obama vs. the Boehner Rule
October 4, 2013
He lacked basic political skills, and his unforced errors and muddled messaging unnecessarily antagonized conservatives.Jon Huntsman Holds His Ground as Republicans Come Around to His Views
April 21, 2013
Historical Examples of muddled
Their own thinking was so muddled, their views of life so out of gear.The Harbor
No one has ever told what you are—muddled, criminally muddled.Howards End
E. M. Forster
That morning, in his glass cage, he muddled his columns several times.The Trimming of Goosie
Ward wished devoutly that he could clear his thoughts; they were muddled.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
Inside his muddled head, however, he was chuckling to himself.Lost Face
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.).