Definition of muddy in English:

muddy

adjective

  • 1Covered in or full of mud.

    ‘they changed their muddy boots’
    • ‘I slid down the bank into a muddy puddle and entered the sheltered area.’
    • ‘As well as the debris scattered around the worktops, muddy footprints covered the whole kitchen.’
    • ‘Whilst on our walk up a very muddy road, I realised I had lost the postcard.’
    • ‘Liberty knelt down in the mud, not caring if her jeans got all muddy.’
    • ‘I don't mind getting a bit muddy.’
    • ‘She looked at the men's muddy boots on her clean floor and shuddered.’
    • ‘Both battleships had been disabled, and settled on the muddy bottom of the harbour.’
    • ‘She joked about some muddy footprints left by her husband on the driveway.’
    • ‘You can leave your muddy boots there and chuck your coat on the hook.’
    • ‘And as snow melts it soaks into the bales or makes the ground muddy.’
    • ‘The floor hadn't been cleaned in years and muddy footprints clung to the lino.’
    • ‘And he walked off, dragging his feet in the muddy puddles of rain.’
    • ‘The well-behaved children sat on the floor, which when it rained, became muddy.’
    • ‘It was a rainy day in London; the muddy streets were covered with sheets of icy water when Emma and her companions arrived.’
    • ‘I can't rake up the leaves from the grass yet - it's far too muddy and wet for that.’
    • ‘The ground was very muddy, but eventually they planted their crops and their animals began to reproduce.’
    • ‘Then I ended up in the muddy drainage ditch, so I was in a word, filthy.’
    • ‘If you hadn't followed me, you wouldn't be all muddy.’
    • ‘I got all muddy and it didn't hurt any more.’
    • ‘She kicked, propelling herself forward and down until her fingers brushed the muddy bottom.’
    mud-caked, mud-spattered, muddied, dirty, filthy, mucky, grubby, grimy, soiled, begrimed
    murky, cloudy, muddied, turbid, opaque, impure
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    1. 1.1 Not bright or clear; dirty-looking.
      ‘the original colours were blurred into muddy pink and yellow’
      • ‘An athletic boy with dark hair and muddy gray eyes like fish scales stood growling at him.’
      • ‘Overall, the volume is attractively produced, with only a few typos and photographs that were muddy and dark.’
      • ‘There are no obvious image defects, but often the image is muddy and dull.’
      • ‘Her eyes are a dark, muddy brown, and there are bags even bigger than the ones under my eyes under hers.’
      • ‘If it had a physical color, it would probably be a muddy red mixed with dark, dull browns and purple.’
      • ‘He reached and roughly grabbed the young boy's muddy blond hair, muddy as in dark not mud, and he pulled it tightly and yanked the boy close to him.’
      • ‘I hate how that brown color in it makes my orange hair look muddy.’
      • ‘Too much Worcestershire or hot sauce will make the drink muddy and too spicy.’
      • ‘Yes, that seemed impossible for brown eyes - green can glow, blue can glow, but never dull muddy brown.’
      • ‘He felt his stomach heave and nearly fell to his knees, his eyes going dark, muddy gray.’
      • ‘Fawn and slate, with an occasional tinge of a dark, muddy purple-brown give almost the only respite from black, white and grey.’
      • ‘The graphics are dull and muddy at the best of times.’
      • ‘Oranges and reds are slightly muddy, but yellows are clean and clear.’
      • ‘I think the blue wash that old ladies use looks bright white to them, whereas bright white looks like a dingy, muddy yellow.’
      • ‘The muddy yellows and dark reds are unfortunate hallmarks of DLP projectors.’
      • ‘She is wearing gold loafers that seem oddly bright on the muddy blue carpet.’
      • ‘In the Great Court as I stumbled out the strong blue sky, the bright white cladding seemed pallid, muddy and dull around me.’
      • ‘Instead of muddy red, his uniform was now dark green.’
      • ‘The Angel's beautiful crimson eyes dulled into a muddy, maroon color.’
      • ‘She ran across the fields and down a path, which was a dark red muddy color now.’
      dingy, dirty, drab, dull, sludgy, washed out, flat
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    2. 1.2 (of a sound, especially in music) not clearly defined.
      ‘an awful muddy sound that renders his vocals incoherent’
      • ‘The Deftones were good but suffered a muddy sound mix.’
      • ‘Some people may feel it sounds a bit muddy but my ear soon adjusts to that phenomenon and it doesn't depreciate my appreciation of this recording a whit.’
      • ‘The soundtrack seemed muddy at times but overall the sound was respectable.’
      • ‘Too often the fugue sounds either muddy or disjointed in performance.’
      • ‘The sound is muddy and tinny, and it's hard to make out some of the dialogue.’
      • ‘Everything about the sound transfer is weak, muddy and very indistinct.’
      • ‘To my ears, it simply sounds like grainy, muddy ambient music and experiments in granular synthesis.’
      • ‘Tonight, even a muddy sound system and faulty backing tapes cannot detract from the brilliant pop nous beating at the band's core.’
      • ‘The sound is stereo, and is a bit bass-heavy and muddy, but dialogue is easily heard.’
      • ‘The sound quality is a little muddy, but a distinct bloom appears at high volume levels.’
      • ‘In that case, tones got a bit muddy.’
      • ‘The Farsi sounded a bit muddy to me at times, but that may be a reflection of local dialects.’
      • ‘Sound quality is quite bad, with a mono track that has substantial hissing and popping, and a very muddy sound.’
      • ‘The album's mixing is muddy, with the instrumentation indistinguishably blending together.’
      • ‘He also opens up the music's textures, clarifying orchestration that can seem muddy in other conductors' hands.’
      • ‘The sharp move is that it's all simplified, so that more sounds can be layered without getting muddy.’
      • ‘The songs sound like they were recorded on a cassette tape; the sound is muddy, boxy, and dull, with little stereo separation.’
      • ‘The guitars frequently sound muddy (which may be the point, considering the album cover?).’
      • ‘He often complained about muddy pedaling that obscured the musical line.’
      • ‘Dialogue is crystal clear; a surprise considering it often sounded muddy on previous home video releases.’
    3. 1.3 Confused, vague, or illogical.
      ‘some sentences are so muddy that their meaning can only be guessed’
      • ‘It's difficult to cut through the muddy and garbled ever-changing story to get a clear sense of what exactly is causing this discomfort.’
      • ‘There were no grey areas, no muddy patches of confusion to catch you off guard.’
      • ‘After a week, my muddy mind had cleared and I was able to focus again.’
      • ‘The moral of this story is muddy - although it's clear that I should have purchased Pepsi stock before the Britney deal.’
      • ‘The details are very muddy, so it's not at all clear what's going on here and how involved the ISP actually is.’
      • ‘Beevor is a great writer; his style is clear and precise and the details are never muddy regardless of their level of complexity.’
      • ‘But as the mystery of the film deepens even this vision of marital concord becomes muddy.’
      • ‘Nobody write another paragraph on Vietnam or the National Guard or muddy politics or dirty laundry.’
      • ‘In aligning ourselves with these universal laws, we can soon see how clear or muddy is our own subconscious.’
      • ‘Hence, the nature of the audience using the Internet quickly becomes muddy.’
      incoherent, confused, muddled, jumbled, woolly, vague, fuzzy
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Cover or fill (something) with mud.

    ‘the linoleum flooring was muddied’
    • ‘He was looking forlornly over the spilt broth, and egg and bacon sandwich that were lying, muddied up and trod on, on the ground.’
    • ‘His clothes were all muddied and torn and there were bruises and scratches all over his face and hands.’
    • ‘His wife is next him, her blue skirt hem muddied, her arms full of their youngest child.’
    • ‘A half-mile slithery and steep muddied our boots for the first time, and brought us back to Egton Bridge where we popped down to the river.’
    • ‘McLellan may have been wet, bedraggled and muddied but she could still raise a big smile at the prospect of making that first underground sighting of a wombat, cosy and safe, far down in its den.’
    • ‘We snake on north, eventually forking off the perfect track for a short section that might muddy your boots after rain.’
    • ‘Here they provide pull-on boot covers, so you don't muddy the floor or have to unlace; a very good idea.’
    • ‘He touched his forelock as though in salute and watched as she tripped daintily out of the stables, lifting her skirts an inch or two so as not to muddy them.’
    • ‘It had been so ever since Caroline had arrived home, muddied and in disarray.’
    • ‘It's a good idea to mulch each plant with an inch or so of aquarium gravel to keep soil from muddying the water.’
    • ‘Her dress was torn, her legs were scratched and bruised, muddied from crawling on the filthy alley floor.’
    • ‘The car was found on the outskirts of Birmingham on December 7, bloodstained, muddied, and with grass and leaves on the bonnet and underneath.’
    • ‘Pike are acutely sensitive to vibration, as would be caused by dogs wading in shallows and muddying the water.’
    • ‘From the color of their beige uniforms - muddied and torn - it was evident that they were British.’
    • ‘Stepping out of his red helicopter on the outskirts of Kendal, Prince Charles, dressed in a camel overcoat, dark suit and muddied brogues, spent more than an hour touring the pioneering food park Plumgarths.’
    • ‘Animal welfare experts and a trained sniper were muddied and exhausted before they eventually tranquilized the cattle.’
    • ‘You see, this isn't much different than when your child comes home, muddied, bloodied, and aching because some bully decided to beat your little angel.’
    • ‘Her features softened, and she slowly straightened up, her shirt tattered, her jeans muddied.’
    make muddy, cake with dirt, cake with mud, dirty, soil, begrime, grime, mire, spatter, bespatter
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    1. 1.1 Make (something) hard or harder to understand.
      ‘the first year's results muddy rather than clarify the situation’
      • ‘The issue is further muddied by the fact that ‘contractor’ has opposing meanings.’
      • ‘Incomplete or competing standards further muddied the picture.’
      • ‘That, and the fact that recent social ‘history’ is so readily muddied and lost.’
      • ‘When he talks, his words trickle out and things become less muddied.’
      • ‘Oh, we've been very diplomatic but in the face of a deliberate and concerted political campaign the issues get muddied.’
      • ‘Treating legal marriage and religious marriage as one thing just muddies up both.’
      • ‘As he digs deeper, the story just gets more and more muddied, and everyone's natural inclination to blame the white officers or local Klansmen threatens to hide the real truth.’
      • ‘With five people all talking simultaneously, it can get a bit muddied, but there's a sense of fun about the whole thing that makes it absolutely worth a listen.’
      • ‘Exaggerating his role in international terrorism muddies the true picture.’
      • ‘The result is that the question of who is the more environmental got very muddied.’
      • ‘The issue has been muddied by the fact that there were two troubling areas of reporting.’
      • ‘The picture is further muddied by other factors.’
      • ‘However, I will pass along a few facts - they tend to get muddied in the media.’
      • ‘But it also brought so many people at once into the movement that our goals got muddied.’
      • ‘Sometimes court battles muddy an issue more than clarifying it.’
      • ‘Depending on your perspective, he either clarified or muddied the matter.’
      • ‘Some of Ellis's analyses, though thorough, seem a little muddied and somewhat belabored.’
      • ‘I mean, rather than muddy your message along the way, is it better to go with what you know and then make corrections at a later date?’
      • ‘For one thing, it muddies what is at the moment the strongest selling point for web services: simplicity.’
      • ‘I've been moderately concerned about both - but two small stories muddy up my worries a bit.’
      make unclear, obscure, confuse, obfuscate, blur, cloud, befog, mix up
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Phrases

  • muddy the waters

    • Make an issue or situation more confused or complicated.

      ‘the conflation of two distinct hypotheses has merely served to muddy the waters’
      • ‘If anything, it has served to only further muddy the waters.’
      • ‘It's a version of events which Maradona himself denies, but Alberti's quotes, if anything, further served to muddy the waters.’
      • ‘Indonesia's economic collapse only served to muddy the waters.’
      • ‘This is a cheap political trick to try and muddy the waters just before an election.’
      • ‘These comments were then picked up and distorted, to further discredit my work, and muddy the waters on the Genetic Modification issue.’
      • ‘When, however, they begin competing with each other to offer large sums of money as inducements to potential witnesses, they are muddying the waters of justice rather than clarifying them.’
      • ‘Obviously, the Republicans read the same polls as Democrats, and will try to muddy the waters on key issues like education and Social Security.’
      • ‘But other recommendations muddy the waters, by confusing issues of individual freedom with the imposition of various forms of responsibility.’
      • ‘But I do think that this scheme is giving a different message, and it is muddying the waters and quite confusing for younger children.’
      • ‘I understand that there's new legislation in South Africa which is going to perhaps, depending on which way you look at it, clarify the situation or muddy the waters.’
      • ‘Sensational and unproven claims on behalf of Baird which he never made himself only serve to muddy the waters and undermine the credibility of his other achievements.’
      • ‘And this, I believe is, the true brilliance of the design: a clever balance between mechanisms that reveal information and mechanisms that serve to muddy the waters.’
      • ‘Because you begin thinking this person has, sort of, muddied the waters.’
      • ‘The waters are muddied by a Christian inheritance which provides conflicting models and doctrine.’
      • ‘I'm bound to say that I can't see the difference, and suspect he wants to muddy the waters and befuddle the voters.’
      • ‘It isn't the journalists muddying the waters, it's Labour's spin machine.’
      • ‘What really muddies the waters, though, is the introduction of the angel.’
      • ‘After this abrupt and confusing start, waters are only muddied further by the constant intervention of some rather pointless and badly executed film footage.’
      • ‘The last thing we need is to have a bunch of pajama-clad amateurs muddying up the waters with their irresponsible guessing-games.’
      • ‘Moreover, positive and negative objectives may be stated explicitly or only implied, which further muddies the water in terms of evaluating results.’
      make vague, make unclear, make less distinct
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Pronunciation

muddy

/ˈmʌdi/