[ muhd-sil ]
/ ˈmʌdˌsɪl /


the lowest sill of a structure, usually placed in or on the ground.

Nearby words

  1. mudlump,
  2. mudminnow,
  3. mudpack,
  4. mudpuppy,
  5. mudra,
  6. mudskipper,
  7. mudslide,
  8. mudslinging,
  9. mudspate,
  10. mudspringer

Origin of mudsill

First recorded in 1675–85; mud + sill

Also called footplate. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper