Definition of muddled in English:



  • 1Not arranged in order; untidy.

    ‘the muddled display of pictures has been taken down’
    • ‘Not everything works well in Crime as its second disc gets a little muddled with some incoherent and cartoonish moments of slapstick.’
    • ‘There also seems to be broad opinion that chapters 4-14 are muddled, sometimes beyond intelligent interpretation.’
    • ‘Just past the halfway mark for the season, however, things begin to get a little muddled.’
    • ‘She is dreaming of lumps of clay arrayed into the shapes of English archetypes, heading to the moon in their muddled, decent fashion.’
    • ‘The situation remains muddled in center field.’
    • ‘But it was too late to stop what should have been a morale-boosting victory from turning into another dispiriting, muddled mess.’
    • ‘Yet we find in the nineteenth century a muddled picture, a sort of cross-pollination of positions.’
    • ‘Paint from inside the boxes dripped out of the sides and made the puddles in the courtyard muddled with color.’
    • ‘As extra features, Sony has included two brief and uninspired EPK style featurettes and a rash of muddled and unimpressive deleted material.’
    • ‘Tones are tinny and muddled, dialogue often sounds muddled, and environmental noises fail to place in the sonic space.’
    • ‘Great concept, but your source image is a little muddled.’
    • ‘Furthermore, even though the Summoner engine renders everything in the game, the backdrop of the sky is a bit muddled and artificial, like in Quake 3: Arena.’
    • ‘I explain this muddled system to suggest that EMU doesn't have a very clear definition of basic writer.’
    • ‘Ambitious plans to invest billions of pounds in South Yorkshire could fail at the first hurdle unless muddled rail networks are sorted out first.’
    1. 1.1Not clear or coherent; confused.
      ‘such a view reflects muddled thinking’
      • ‘When I made my witness statement I was muddled in the accounts which I gave in paragraph 6 and paragraph 8.’
      • ‘She was also very muddled about her reaction to her parents.’
      • ‘His mind was muddled most of the time, his speech sometimes halting.’
      • ‘The New York Jets have been the most muddled.’
      • ‘Alexander remained as certain of the turns to take as I was muddled.’
      • ‘I was so muddled at the thought that he had almost kissed me that the words never registered.’
      • ‘Now this is not a neutral position, this is not a muddled position.’
      • ‘My mind was still a mess of muddled feelings.’
      • ‘He came down because his mind was muddled and he didn't know what to do about Alex.’
      • ‘Pretty soon I overheard a conversation between two muddled buyers.’
      • ‘Do not forget I am older than you are and my memory is one thousand times less muddled than yours.’
      • ‘The movie does not stand up to any kind of thoughtful inspection and the muddled finale is nonsensical.’
      • ‘This is the only way to see the problem without it being obscured or muddled.’
      • ‘Or perhaps it was my mother: even in sleep, my mind was too muddled by the drug to be certain.’
      • ‘In a time of war, this is muddled thinking, not moral clarity.’
      • ‘For the moment, British European policy is as muddled as ever.’
      • ‘Not only have the American Right, once the keepers of fiscal probity, turned around, but also there is some muddled local thinking.’
      • ‘Perhaps there is a muddled sense of purpose here.’
      • ‘Applying the new rules of Web writing to muddled thoughts is a bit like hiding dirty hands in clean gloves.’
      • ‘The British press always gets itself in a tangle over abortion, largely because it tries to follow public opinion and public opinion is muddled.’