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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you hadn't followed me, you wouldn't be all muddy.’
    • ‘The floor hadn't been cleaned in years and muddy footprints clung to the lino.’
    • ‘Then I ended up in the muddy drainage ditch, so I was in a word, filthy.’
    • ‘The well-behaved children sat on the floor, which when it rained, became muddy.’
    • ‘And as snow melts it soaks into the bales or makes the ground muddy.’
    • ‘It was a rainy day in London; the muddy streets were covered with sheets of icy water when Emma and her companions arrived.’
    • ‘You can leave your muddy boots there and chuck your coat on the hook.’
    • ‘I slid down the bank into a muddy puddle and entered the sheltered area.’
    • ‘She kicked, propelling herself forward and down until her fingers brushed the muddy bottom.’
    • ‘She joked about some muddy footprints left by her husband on the driveway.’
    • ‘I don't mind getting a bit muddy.’
    • ‘I got all muddy and it didn't hurt any more.’
    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’
      • ‘The graphics are dull and muddy at the best of times.’
      • ‘The muddy yellows and dark reds are unfortunate hallmarks of DLP projectors.’
      • ‘An athletic boy with dark hair and muddy gray eyes like fish scales stood growling at him.’
      • ‘Yes, that seemed impossible for brown eyes - green can glow, blue can glow, but never dull muddy brown.’
      • ‘She ran across the fields and down a path, which was a dark red muddy color now.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fawn and slate, with an occasional tinge of a dark, muddy purple-brown give almost the only respite from black, white and grey.’
      • ‘Oranges and reds are slightly muddy, but yellows are clean and clear.’
      • ‘I hate how that brown color in it makes my orange hair look muddy.’
      • ‘He felt his stomach heave and nearly fell to his knees, his eyes going dark, muddy gray.’
      • ‘Too much Worcestershire or hot sauce will make the drink muddy and too spicy.’
      • ‘If it had a physical color, it would probably be a muddy red mixed with dark, dull browns and purple.’
      • ‘Instead of muddy red, his uniform was now dark green.’
      • ‘Overall, the volume is attractively produced, with only a few typos and photographs that were muddy and dark.’
      • ‘Her eyes are a dark, muddy brown, and there are bags even bigger than the ones under my eyes under hers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There are no obvious image defects, but often the image is muddy and dull.’
      • ‘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.’
      dingy, dirty, drab, dull, sludgy, washed out, flat
      murky, cloudy, muddied, turbid, opaque, impure
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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’
      • ‘Sound quality is quite bad, with a mono track that has substantial hissing and popping, and a very muddy sound.’
      • ‘The guitars frequently sound muddy (which may be the point, considering the album cover?).’
      • ‘To my ears, it simply sounds like grainy, muddy ambient music and experiments in granular synthesis.’
      • ‘The sound quality is a little muddy, but a distinct bloom appears at high volume levels.’
      • ‘The soundtrack seemed muddy at times but overall the sound was respectable.’
      • ‘The sound is stereo, and is a bit bass-heavy and muddy, but dialogue is easily heard.’
      • ‘The sound is muddy and tinny, and it's hard to make out some of the dialogue.’
      • ‘He often complained about muddy pedaling that obscured the musical line.’
      • ‘The Deftones were good but suffered a muddy sound mix.’
      • ‘The songs sound like they were recorded on a cassette tape; the sound is muddy, boxy, and dull, with little stereo separation.’
      • ‘Too often the fugue sounds either muddy or disjointed in performance.’
      • ‘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 sharp move is that it's all simplified, so that more sounds can be layered without getting muddy.’
      • ‘In that case, tones got a bit muddy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tonight, even a muddy sound system and faulty backing tapes cannot detract from the brilliant pop nous beating at the band's core.’
      • ‘The Farsi sounded a bit muddy to me at times, but that may be a reflection of local dialects.’
      • ‘Dialogue is crystal clear; a surprise considering it often sounded muddy on previous home video releases.’
      • ‘The album's mixing is muddy, with the instrumentation indistinguishably blending together.’
    3. 1.3 Confused, vague, or illogical:
      ‘some sentences are so muddy that their meaning can only be guessed’
      • ‘There were no grey areas, no muddy patches of confusion to catch you off guard.’
      • ‘In aligning ourselves with these universal laws, we can soon see how clear or muddy is our own subconscious.’
      • ‘But as the mystery of the film deepens even this vision of marital concord becomes muddy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hence, the nature of the audience using the Internet quickly becomes muddy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Nobody write another paragraph on Vietnam or the National Guard or muddy politics or dirty laundry.’
      incoherent, confused, muddled, jumbled, woolly, vague, fuzzy
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verb

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

    ‘the linoleum flooring was muddied’
    • ‘We snake on north, eventually forking off the perfect track for a short section that might muddy your boots after rain.’
    • ‘Animal welfare experts and a trained sniper were muddied and exhausted before they eventually tranquilized the cattle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pike are acutely sensitive to vibration, as would be caused by dogs wading in shallows and muddying the water.’
    • ‘It's a good idea to mulch each plant with an inch or so of aquarium gravel to keep soil from muddying the water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here they provide pull-on boot covers, so you don't muddy the floor or have to unlace; a very good idea.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Exaggerating his role in international terrorism muddies the true picture.’
      • ‘Oh, we've been very diplomatic but in the face of a deliberate and concerted political campaign the issues get muddied.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The issue is further muddied by the fact that ‘contractor’ has opposing meanings.’
      • ‘Some of Ellis's analyses, though thorough, seem a little muddied and somewhat belabored.’
      • ‘However, I will pass along a few facts - they tend to get muddied in the media.’
      • ‘Treating legal marriage and religious marriage as one thing just muddies up both.’
      • ‘For one thing, it muddies what is at the moment the strongest selling point for web services: simplicity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The issue has been muddied by the fact that there were two troubling areas of reporting.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Depending on your perspective, he either clarified or muddied the matter.’
      • ‘Sometimes court battles muddy an issue more than clarifying it.’
      • ‘The result is that the question of who is the more environmental got very muddied.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is a cheap political trick to try and muddy the waters just before an election.’
      • ‘Because you begin thinking this person has, sort of, muddied the waters.’
      • ‘The last thing we need is to have a bunch of pajama-clad amateurs muddying up the waters with their irresponsible guessing-games.’
      • ‘Obviously, the Republicans read the same polls as Democrats, and will try to muddy the waters on key issues like education and Social Security.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But other recommendations muddy the waters, by confusing issues of individual freedom with the imposition of various forms of responsibility.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But I do think that this scheme is giving a different message, and it is muddying the waters and quite confusing for younger children.’
      • ‘Indonesia's economic collapse only served to muddy the waters.’
      • ‘It isn't the journalists muddying the waters, it's Labour's spin machine.’
      • ‘The waters are muddied by a Christian inheritance which provides conflicting models and doctrine.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Moreover, positive and negative objectives may be stated explicitly or only implied, which further muddies the water in terms of evaluating results.’
      • ‘After this abrupt and confusing start, waters are only muddied further by the constant intervention of some rather pointless and badly executed film footage.’
      • ‘What really muddies the waters, though, is the introduction of the angel.’
      • ‘If anything, it has served to only further muddy the waters.’
      make vague, make unclear, make less distinct
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Pronunciation

muddy

/ˈmʌdi/