Origin of mudsill
Examples from the Web for mudsill
This mudsill of the world has learned to read and write and begun to think.The Root of Evil|Thomas Dixon
He was skillful with his hands, and must therefore be a "mudsill."Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field|Thomas W. Knox
We push below this mudsill the derelicts and half-men, whom we hate and despise, and seek to build above it—Democracy!Darkwater|W. E. B. Du Bois
The mudsill Sumner was too unpolished to think of clubbing the brains out of the gentleman Brooks.Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty|J. W. de Forest
The insurgent moral sense of a mudsill and shopkeeping North had at last found voice and vent.Charles Sumner Centenary|Archibald H. Grimke
1680s, "lowest sill of a house," from mud + sill. The word entered U.S. political history in a speech by James M. Hammond of South Carolina, March 4, 1858, in U.S. Senate, alluding scornfully to the very mudsills of society, and the term subsequently was embraced by Northern workers in the pre-Civil War sectional rivalry.