Main definitions of mud in English

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  • 1mass noun Soft, sticky matter resulting from the mixing of earth and water.

    ‘ankle deep in mud, we squelched across a meadow’
    as modifier ‘mud huts’
    • ‘The city is located on an island in the inland Niger delta, and is surrounded by mud brick walls.’
    • ‘The thick, gooey mud stuck to everything and sapped the spirit.’
    • ‘He had brushed the mud off his boots.’
    • ‘Looking around, he seemed to be in a mud brick hut.’
    • ‘Frozen mud is caked on their boots and trousers, evidence of their late night rides.’
    • ‘Her formerly blue jeans now looked black with all the dried mud and dirt.’
    • ‘It is sadly the case that deep ruts filled with mud and water make such journeys very hazardous.’
    • ‘William looked down at the pond's floor and saw sticky mud everywhere.’
    • ‘First of all, allow me to wipe the mud off your boots - thank you.’
    • ‘But for the buffalo, the year-round, knee-deep mud is simply glorious.’
    • ‘Her feet slid wildly across the slick mud covering the wall as she tried to find footholds.’
    • ‘Clumps of dried mud caked his legs to above the knee.’
    • ‘She doggedly regained her footing and ran on, brown, dirty mud splattered in her long midnight blue hair.’
    • ‘As I pulled my boat through knee-deep mud, a hard rain began to fall.’
    • ‘The weather has turned foul and the boys are tramping through knee-deep mud.’
    • ‘How do I clean mud off silk shoes?’
    • ‘(Low tide exposes the soft mud of the salt marsh.’
    • ‘With so much traffic on the track, it quickly turned to sticky, thick mud.’
    • ‘I left the battlefield with ancient mud caked to the bottom of my shoes.’
    • ‘The horse crashes through the fence and throws you into the deep wet mud.’
    mire, sludge, slush, ooze, silt, clay, gumbo, dirt, soil
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  • 2Information or allegations regarded as damaging or scandalous.

    ‘the two sides took over the local media to throw mud at each other’
    • ‘"She wanted to get back at the Japanese companies who had slung mud on her face.’
    • ‘People are a lot keener to throw mud when they can do it anonymously.’
    • ‘Far easier to sling mud from a distance as some seem content to do.’
    • ‘You throw enough mud it sticks and that's the name of the game.’
    • ‘There are too many critics who revel in slinging mud and inflicting verbal pain.’


  • drag someone/something through the mud

    • Slander or criticize someone or something publicly.

      ‘our names have been dragged through the mud’
      • ‘Angela had only agreed to meet with Deidre to politely tell her she wouldn't be a part of dragging her brother through the mud as a cheap publicity stunt.’
      • ‘My father was dragged through the mud, Kendall.’
      • ‘We are gaining nothing from it and our image has been dragged through the mud.’
      • ‘I just feel sorry that something like this has dragged his name through the mud when there was no need.’
      • ‘There is the health of people at stake, and the image of the company could be dragged through the mud.’
      • ‘‘Ben, your name was dragged through the mud last year,’ Shuler told him.’
      • ‘Griffiths was dragged through the mud when the press learned of his financial arrangements.’
      • ‘This is especially sad when numerous organisations are dragged through the mud simply to fulfil a personal agenda.’
      • ‘The poor man, bankrupted by an endless custody battle, has been forced to drag his reputation through the mud to foot the bills.’
      • ‘I am very angry about having my name dragged through the mud by the Prime Minister in this respect for his own purposes.’
      • ‘The democratic sentiments that animated many of those who went into the Second World War had been dragged through the mud.’
      • ‘I am very angry over the way I've been treated because I feel my name has been dragged through the mud to spare Celtic's blushes.’
      • ‘Through no fault of your own, someone drags your brand through the mud.’
      • ‘It will cost you millions of dollars and will drag your name through the mud.’
      • ‘No doubt the press will lambaste us and drag our name through the mud if we strike during a war.’
      • ‘The image of the NFL has been dragged through the mud recently.’
      • ‘In the last few days my good name has been dragged through the mud.’
      • ‘For a man who seems to genuinely care about constitutional proprietry, he's dragging our system through the mud in high style.’
      • ‘He drags your name through the mud, then he indicts you if he indicts you.’
      • ‘Finally Lady Gordon was forced to pay damages to the women whose good names had been dragged through the mud.’
      belittle, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, downgrade, play down, deflate, trivialize, minimize, make light of, treat lightly, undervalue, underrate, underestimate
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  • here's mud in your eye!

    • informal Expressing good wishes before drinking.

      here's to you, good health, your health, here's health, skol, good luck
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  • mud sticks

    • Disparaging or malicious allegations are difficult to disprove or shake off.

      ‘it would be easy to dismiss the story as a clumsy smear attempt, but mud sticks’
      • ‘The trouble with it is that if it goes unrepaired then the people who are assailed in this way and their families have to live with that burden if some of the mud sticks.’
      • ‘Once there's an allegation, mud sticks.’
      • ‘These "explanations" are usually preposterously contorted exercises but as long as the mud sticks they serve their purpose.’
      • ‘The campaign is careful to distance itself from the comments and apologised, but election-watchers know that mud sticks.’
      • ‘After suffering a week of intensely personal attacks on his character, he denied lying but confessed to a fear that mud sticks nonetheless.’
  • someone's name is mud

    • informal Someone is in disgrace or unpopular.

      ‘if anything goes wrong, my name will be mud’
      • ‘He likely realizes his name is mud around the Defense Department these days.’
      • ‘I forgot to get him a little gift so now my name is mud.’
      • ‘Then along comes the county courthouse, talking about running up a $232 million tab, and all of a sudden your name is mud.’
      • ‘Listen to me young lady, if you don't bring those grades up by the next test or quiz in those subjects then your name is mud.’
      • ‘I've got a load of cataloguing to do, then I'll be up all night unpacking the artifacts that had better arrive tomorrow or my name is mud.’
  • up to mud

    • informal Not satisfactory; not good enough.

      ‘our present system is up to mud’
      • ‘This country is up to mud for Australians.’
      • ‘There is very little water for either washing or drinking, and no drinks left in the canteen except Sarilla — which is up to mud.’
      • ‘I found things were "up to mud" and Tucker was a disgrace to the Army.’
      • ‘A local cynic reckons they're up to mud.’
      • ‘Things are up to mud in Native Affairs here.’


Late Middle English: probably from Middle Low German mudde.




Main definitions of mud in English

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nounPlural MUDs

  • A computer-based text or virtual reality game which several players play at the same time, interacting with each other as well as with characters controlled by the computer.


1980s: from multi-user dungeon or multi-user dimension.