adjective, sludg·i·er, sludg·i·est.

of or relating to sludge.
covered, lined with, or containing sludge.

Origin of sludgy

First recorded in 1775–85; sludge + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sludgy

clammy, glutinous, miry, mucky, muddy, oozy, slushy, viscous, mucous, scummy, yukky

Examples from the Web for sludgy

Contemporary Examples of sludgy

Historical Examples of sludgy

  • It had been raining, and the ground was wet and sludgy, though it was fair overhead.

  • Our harbor-ice is weak and covered a foot deep with a sludgy compound of snow and water.

    In the Arctic Seas

    Francis Leopold McClintock

  • At last it became so weak that it thawed a hole in the soft, sludgy ice and could not extricate itself.

  • My exasperation with self was by no means allayed when I tripped over a stone and fell my length in a sludgy patch of swamp.

  • One of the pleasures of being "on the road to Mandalay" was to see the-- "Elephints a-pilin' teak In the sludgy, squdgy creek"

British Dictionary definitions for sludgy


adjective -ier or -iest

consisting of, containing, or like sludge
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