[ muhd-lahrk ]
/ ˈmʌdˌlɑrk /


Chiefly British. a person who gains a livelihood by searching for iron, coal, old ropes, etc., in mud or low tide.
Chiefly British Informal. a street urchin.
either of two black and white birds, Grallina cyanoleuca, of Australia, or G. bruijni, of New Guinea, that builds a large, mud nest.

verb (used without object)

to grub or play in mud.

Nearby words

  1. mudflap,
  2. mudflow,
  3. mudguard,
  4. mudhole,
  5. mudir,
  6. mudlump,
  7. mudminnow,
  8. mudpack,
  9. mudpuppy,
  10. mudra

Origin of mudlark

First recorded in 1790–1800; mud + lark1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mudlark


/ (ˈmʌdˌlɑːk) /


slang, rare a street urchin
(formerly) one who made a living by picking up odds and ends in the mud of tidal rivers
Australian slang a racehorse that runs well on a wet or muddy course
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