Nearby words

  1. slr,
  2. slsc,
  3. slub,
  4. slubber,
  5. slubberdegullion,
  6. sludgeworm,
  7. sludging,
  8. sludgy,
  9. slue,
  10. sluff

Origin of sludge

1640–50; variant of dial. slutch, slitch, Middle English slich slime, wet mud (compare its derivative slucched muddy); apparently of expressive orig.

Related formsde-sludge, verb (used with object), de-sludged, de-sludg·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sludge

British Dictionary definitions for sludge



soft mud, snow, etc
any deposit or sediment
a surface layer of ice that has a slushy appearance
(in sewage disposal) the solid constituents of sewage that precipitate during treatment and are removed for subsequent purification

Word Origin for sludge

C17: probably related to slush

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Word Origin and History for sludge



"mud, mire, ooze," 1640s, of uncertain origin, possibly a variant of Middle English slutch "mud, mire," or a variant of slush (n.).

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