- the lowest sill of a structure, usually placed in or on the ground.
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
I was transformed into a mudsill and Northern hireling last spring.'
The Negro is the mudsill of the social and industrial South to-day.Following the Color Line
Ray Stannard Baker
Where can you scare up names like them among your mudsill folks?
He was skillful with his hands, and must therefore be a "mudsill."Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field
Thomas W. Knox
Word Origin and History for mudsill
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.