Definition of mucky in English:



  • 1Covered with dirt or filth.

    ‘he took off his mucky boots’
    • ‘As a child, we had them for particularly rainy days walking to school when, because of their nature, we could splash in puddles with impunity and squelch our way through mucky grass verges.’
    • ‘The morning light was diffused to a mucky orange by the pollution of the shuddering city.’
    • ‘I stood up and kicked some dirt, it formed a mucky cloud.’
    • ‘Tash had been right; they were unlikely to come across anyone in these deserted side-ways, yet they weren't dirty or mucky like the alleys of the city.’
    • ‘Show officials, stewards, judges and workers were in abundance and the hands-on people could easily be recognised by their mucky boots and ill-fitting, handed down bowler hats.’
    • ‘There was a field beside the road, half mucky dirt and clods, and half graying grass struggling for vitality.’
    • ‘Across the mucky yard what can only be described as a run down shed, with a tarpaulin roof and a piece of pallet for a gate, was home to four Alsatians.’
    • ‘Whether going forward or in defence these three were everywhere, covering every mucky blade of grass.’
    • ‘A million pot-holes, mucky streets, traffic jams topped by heavy showers ensure a two-hour drive to the nearest mall.’
    • ‘She is fascinated, for example, by the smell of men - ‘their work clothes and tools and tobacco and mucky boots and sour-cheese socks.’’
    • ‘We crawled forward through the slimy, mucky, mass.’
    • ‘I don't know what I'd do without mine, as my back window gets terribly mucky in rainy weather.’
    • ‘In mucky work boots and jeans he marched across the carpet of York model agency, sat down in front of the stunning blonde who ran the show and said defiantly: ‘I want you to turn me into a male model.’’
    • ‘The ground looked good from the beginning though and even on the mucky entrance to the course carloads of immaculately-dressed beauties were everywhere.’
    • ‘The bus hurtled by, spraying a mucky puddle over my shoes.’
    • ‘A number of elderly supporters failed to hold their footing and had to be assisted back up off the mucky ground with their clothing clearly soiled.’
    • ‘The driver's side window opened, which allowed more water to pour into the car and also make it sink further into the mucky bottom of the ditch.’
    • ‘Sunlight swarms through and over the pale-green saw grass, plays along the surface, dives down to the dark, mucky bottom, and spreads back up to engulf our little group.’
    • ‘I was walking down the main street and I saw a duck eating a dirty, mucky wet leaf - the poor things are not finding food.’
    • ‘Muttering and cursing to herself she pulls herself upright and finds that her trousers are covered in mucky water from a bowl that has been left on the floor.’
    dirty, filthy, grimy, muddy, mud-caked, grubby, messy, soiled, stained, smeared, smeary, scummy, slimy, sticky, sooty, dusty, unclean, foul, begrimed, bespattered, befouled, polluted, squalid, insanitary
    cruddy, grungy, yucky, icky, gloopy, crummy
    manky, gungy, grotty
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    1. 1.1informal Corrupt or sordid.
      ‘a mucky mix of political wheeler-dealing and multinational corruption’
      • ‘Let us escape from the mucky world of politics for a day and enjoy the cleaner healthier world of heavy engineering.’
      • ‘Still, at least we can rely on Richard Curtis to sparkle fairy dust on the mucky world of politics - he's writing a screenplay about the G8 summit.’
      • ‘Through it all, there have been two constants: the Queen is pragmatic and restrained, and the media is all over every mucky story.’
      • ‘Daily life and work is becoming ensnared in the undercurrents of mucky politics that pervades almost every aspect of work life.’
      dirty, filthy, grimy, muddy, grubby, shabby, messy, soiled, stained, smeared, smeary, scummy, slimy, sticky, sooty, dusty, unclean, foul, squalid, flea-bitten, slummy
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    2. 1.2British informal Mildly pornographic.
      ‘mucky books’
      • ‘Angel told the Greenock Telegraph that she had already had some enquiries, although a number were a bit mucky.’
      • ‘However, last week an ecclesiastical court gave the go-ahead - just as long as the masts met safety guidelines and weren't used to carry mucky material.’
      • ‘On the first page of Allison's Awakening, one of the mucky books on my bedside shelf, the publishers warn that ‘this book is a work of fiction.’’
      • ‘He was accused of accessing mucky pictures and the website of a Las Vegas escort agency.’
      • ‘On Fox, which liked to test the limits of acceptability on mainstream US TV, the series was permitted to poke about in mucky areas from which other networks would have shied away.’
      • ‘There, 5.3 million home Net users spent more than an hour visiting hot sites, while the research found that 40 per cent of Spanish home Net users visited a mucky site in June.’
      • ‘A Californian pornographer is suing Google for copyright infringement alleging the search engine's image search is giving people free peeks at its mucky pictures.’
      • ‘Xinhua, China's official news agency, reports that one of its staffers was offered mucky clips as a purchase incentive when he asked for a demo of the video.’
      • ‘He has announced that the company wants the public to send in its homemade videos - and he doesn't mind how mucky they are.’
      • ‘Can we expect any more mucky animal porn tasks in this new series?’
      • ‘During that time it attracted some 16,000 hits as punters paid to watch mucky movies.’