Definition of muddy in English:

muddy

adjective

  • 1Covered in or full of mud.

    ‘they changed their muddy boots’
    • ‘Both battleships had been disabled, and settled on the muddy bottom of the harbour.’
    • ‘And he walked off, dragging his feet in the muddy puddles of rain.’
    • ‘She looked at the men's muddy boots on her clean floor and shuddered.’
    • ‘I slid down the bank into a muddy puddle and entered the sheltered area.’
    • ‘Then I ended up in the muddy drainage ditch, so I was in a word, filthy.’
    • ‘I can't rake up the leaves from the grass yet - it's far too muddy and wet for that.’
    • ‘I don't mind getting a bit muddy.’
    • ‘It was a rainy day in London; the muddy streets were covered with sheets of icy water when Emma and her companions arrived.’
    • ‘The floor hadn't been cleaned in years and muddy footprints clung to the lino.’
    • ‘Liberty knelt down in the mud, not caring if her jeans got all muddy.’
    • ‘And as snow melts it soaks into the bales or makes the ground muddy.’
    • ‘The ground was very muddy, but eventually they planted their crops and their animals began to reproduce.’
    • ‘As well as the debris scattered around the worktops, muddy footprints covered the whole kitchen.’
    • ‘She kicked, propelling herself forward and down until her fingers brushed the muddy bottom.’
    • ‘If you hadn't followed me, you wouldn't be all muddy.’
    • ‘She joked about some muddy footprints left by her husband on the driveway.’
    • ‘I got all muddy and it didn't hurt any more.’
    • ‘Whilst on our walk up a very muddy road, I realised I had lost the postcard.’
    • ‘You can leave your muddy boots there and chuck your coat on the hook.’
    • ‘The well-behaved children sat on the floor, which when it rained, became muddy.’
    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’
      • ‘Her eyes are a dark, muddy brown, and there are bags even bigger than the ones under my eyes under hers.’
      • ‘She ran across the fields and down a path, which was a dark red muddy color now.’
      • ‘Oranges and reds are slightly muddy, but yellows are clean and clear.’
      • ‘The muddy yellows and dark reds are unfortunate hallmarks of DLP projectors.’
      • ‘Too much Worcestershire or hot sauce will make the drink muddy and too spicy.’
      • ‘In the Great Court as I stumbled out the strong blue sky, the bright white cladding seemed pallid, muddy and dull around me.’
      • ‘I think the blue wash that old ladies use looks bright white to them, whereas bright white looks like a dingy, muddy yellow.’
      • ‘An athletic boy with dark hair and muddy gray eyes like fish scales stood growling at him.’
      • ‘If it had a physical color, it would probably be a muddy red mixed with dark, dull browns and purple.’
      • ‘The graphics are dull and muddy at the best of times.’
      • ‘Yes, that seemed impossible for brown eyes - green can glow, blue can glow, but never dull muddy brown.’
      • ‘Fawn and slate, with an occasional tinge of a dark, muddy purple-brown give almost the only respite from black, white and grey.’
      • ‘I hate how that brown color in it makes my orange hair look muddy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Overall, the volume is attractively produced, with only a few typos and photographs that were muddy and dark.’
      • ‘He felt his stomach heave and nearly fell to his knees, his eyes going dark, muddy gray.’
      • ‘There are no obvious image defects, but often the image is muddy and dull.’
      • ‘The Angel's beautiful crimson eyes dulled into a muddy, maroon color.’
      • ‘She is wearing gold loafers that seem oddly bright on the muddy blue carpet.’
      • ‘Instead of muddy red, his uniform was now dark green.’
      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’
      • ‘He also opens up the music's textures, clarifying orchestration that can seem muddy in other conductors' hands.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In that case, tones got a bit muddy.’
      • ‘Dialogue is crystal clear; a surprise considering it often sounded muddy on previous home video releases.’
      • ‘The sound quality is a little muddy, but a distinct bloom appears at high volume levels.’
      • ‘The Deftones were good but suffered a muddy sound mix.’
      • ‘The guitars frequently sound muddy (which may be the point, considering the album cover?).’
      • ‘The sharp move is that it's all simplified, so that more sounds can be layered without getting muddy.’
      • ‘The sound is muddy and tinny, and it's hard to make out some of the dialogue.’
      • ‘The album's mixing is muddy, with the instrumentation indistinguishably blending together.’
      • ‘The soundtrack seemed muddy at times but overall the sound was respectable.’
      • ‘The Farsi sounded a bit muddy to me at times, but that may be a reflection of local dialects.’
      • ‘Tonight, even a muddy sound system and faulty backing tapes cannot detract from the brilliant pop nous beating at the band's core.’
      • ‘Too often the fugue sounds either muddy or disjointed in performance.’
      • ‘The songs sound like they were recorded on a cassette tape; the sound is muddy, boxy, and dull, with little stereo separation.’
      • ‘The sound is stereo, and is a bit bass-heavy and muddy, but dialogue is easily heard.’
      • ‘Sound quality is quite bad, with a mono track that has substantial hissing and popping, and a very muddy sound.’
      • ‘He often complained about muddy pedaling that obscured the musical line.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3 Confused, vague, or illogical.
      ‘some sentences are so muddy that their meaning can only be guessed’
      • ‘The details are very muddy, so it's not at all clear what's going on here and how involved the ISP actually is.’
      • ‘But as the mystery of the film deepens even this vision of marital concord becomes muddy.’
      • ‘In aligning ourselves with these universal laws, we can soon see how clear or muddy is our own subconscious.’
      • ‘The moral of this story is muddy - although it's clear that I should have purchased Pepsi stock before the Britney deal.’
      • ‘Hence, the nature of the audience using the Internet quickly becomes muddy.’
      • ‘Beevor is a great writer; his style is clear and precise and the details are never muddy regardless of their level of complexity.’
      • ‘Nobody write another paragraph on Vietnam or the National Guard or muddy politics or dirty laundry.’
      • ‘After a week, my muddy mind had cleared and I was able to focus again.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
    • ‘Here they provide pull-on boot covers, so you don't muddy the floor or have to unlace; a very good idea.’
    • ‘Animal welfare experts and a trained sniper were muddied and exhausted before they eventually tranquilized the cattle.’
    • ‘His wife is next him, her blue skirt hem muddied, her arms full of their youngest child.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His clothes were all muddied and torn and there were bruises and scratches all over his face and hands.’
    • ‘Her dress was torn, her legs were scratched and bruised, muddied from crawling on the filthy alley floor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was looking forlornly over the spilt broth, and egg and bacon sandwich that were lying, muddied up and trod on, on the ground.’
    • ‘It's a good idea to mulch each plant with an inch or so of aquarium gravel to keep soil from muddying the water.’
    • ‘It had been so ever since Caroline had arrived home, muddied and in disarray.’
    • ‘Her features softened, and she slowly straightened up, her shirt tattered, her jeans muddied.’
    • ‘The car was found on the outskirts of Birmingham on December 7, bloodstained, muddied, and with grass and leaves on the bonnet and underneath.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From the color of their beige uniforms - muddied and torn - it was evident that they were British.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pike are acutely sensitive to vibration, as would be caused by dogs wading in shallows and muddying the water.’
    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’
      • ‘Exaggerating his role in international terrorism muddies the true picture.’
      • ‘But it also brought so many people at once into the movement that our goals got muddied.’
      • ‘The picture is further muddied by other factors.’
      • ‘Treating legal marriage and religious marriage as one thing just muddies up both.’
      • ‘When he talks, his words trickle out and things become less muddied.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Depending on your perspective, he either clarified or muddied the matter.’
      • ‘For one thing, it muddies what is at the moment the strongest selling point for web services: simplicity.’
      • ‘The issue is further muddied by the fact that ‘contractor’ has opposing meanings.’
      • ‘Oh, we've been very diplomatic but in the face of a deliberate and concerted political campaign the issues get muddied.’
      • ‘Incomplete or competing standards further muddied the picture.’
      • ‘I've been moderately concerned about both - but two small stories muddy up my worries a bit.’
      • ‘Sometimes court battles muddy an issue more than clarifying it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The issue has been muddied by the fact that there were two troubling areas of reporting.’
      • ‘The result is that the question of who is the more environmental got very muddied.’
      • ‘However, I will pass along a few facts - they tend to get muddied in the media.’
      • ‘Some of Ellis's analyses, though thorough, seem a little muddied and somewhat belabored.’
      • ‘That, and the fact that recent social ‘history’ is so readily muddied and lost.’
      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’
      • ‘But I do think that this scheme is giving a different message, and it is muddying the waters and quite confusing for younger children.’
      • ‘What really muddies the waters, though, is the introduction of the angel.’
      • ‘The last thing we need is to have a bunch of pajama-clad amateurs muddying up the waters with their irresponsible guessing-games.’
      • ‘Because you begin thinking this person has, sort of, muddied the waters.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These comments were then picked up and distorted, to further discredit my work, and muddy the waters on the Genetic Modification issue.’
      • ‘After this abrupt and confusing start, waters are only muddied further by the constant intervention of some rather pointless and badly executed film footage.’
      • ‘Indonesia's economic collapse only served to muddy the waters.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It isn't the journalists muddying the waters, it's Labour's spin machine.’
      • ‘It's a version of events which Maradona himself denies, but Alberti's quotes, if anything, further served to muddy the waters.’
      • ‘I'm bound to say that I can't see the difference, and suspect he wants to muddy the waters and befuddle the voters.’
      • ‘If anything, it has served to only further 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.’
      • ‘This is a cheap political trick to try and muddy the waters just before an election.’
      • ‘The waters are muddied by a Christian inheritance which provides conflicting models and doctrine.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Obviously, the Republicans read the same polls as Democrats, and will try to muddy the waters on key issues like education and Social Security.’
      • ‘Moreover, positive and negative objectives may be stated explicitly or only implied, which further muddies the water in terms of evaluating results.’
      • ‘But other recommendations muddy the waters, by confusing issues of individual freedom with the imposition of various forms of responsibility.’
      make vague, make unclear, make less distinct
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Pronunciation

muddy

/ˈmʌdi/