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 muddled
Her own muddled feelings of confusion, shame, and fear are what make the essay great and what make the essay her story.
This obviously closed off some important avenues of inquiry, but I guess we muddled through.
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|Michael Tomasky|October 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|David Catanese|April 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It's a complicated post, but I'll attach the muddled conclusions and let you decide.
Ten pounds were worth so much to that muddled, penurious household standing behind her on the verge of utmost poverty!The Second Fiddle|Phyllis Bottome
Wardo shook his muddled head solemnly over this problem old as the ages.Nicanor - Teller of Tales|C. Bryson Taylor
Their own thinking was so muddled, their views of life so out of gear.The Harbor|Ernest Poole
In fact, you were more than once a trifle—shall we say 'muddled.'The Sign of the Spider|Bertram Mitford
Muddled up with "Chioggian wars," as seemed mostly blue fire and bright tin.
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.).