Definition of muddy in English:



  • 1Covered in or full of mud.

    ‘they changed their muddy boots’
    ‘it was very muddy underfoot’
    • ‘As well as the debris scattered around the worktops, muddy footprints covered the whole kitchen.’
    • ‘The ground was very muddy, but eventually they planted their crops and their animals began to reproduce.’
    • ‘I don't mind getting a bit muddy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both battleships had been disabled, and settled on the muddy bottom of the harbour.’
    • ‘I got all muddy and it didn't hurt any more.’
    • ‘It was a rainy day in London; the muddy streets were covered with sheets of icy water when Emma and her companions arrived.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And he walked off, dragging his feet in the muddy puddles of rain.’
    • ‘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 floor hadn't been cleaned in years and muddy footprints clung to the lino.’
    • ‘She looked at the men's muddy boots on her clean floor and shuddered.’
    • ‘She kicked, propelling herself forward and down until her fingers brushed the muddy bottom.’
    • ‘I slid down the bank into a muddy puddle and entered the sheltered area.’
    • ‘The well-behaved children sat on the floor, which when it rained, became muddy.’
    • ‘I can't rake up the leaves from the grass yet - it's far too muddy and wet for that.’
    • ‘Then I ended up in the muddy drainage ditch, so I was in a word, filthy.’
    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(of a color) dull and dirty-looking.
      ‘the original colors were blurred into muddy pink and yellow’
      • ‘She ran across the fields and down a path, which was a dark red muddy color now.’
      • ‘Yes, that seemed impossible for brown eyes - green can glow, blue can glow, but never dull muddy brown.’
      • ‘The Angel's beautiful crimson eyes dulled into a muddy, maroon color.’
      • ‘He felt his stomach heave and nearly fell to his knees, his eyes going dark, muddy gray.’
      • ‘Instead of muddy red, his uniform was now dark green.’
      • ‘If it had a physical color, it would probably be a muddy red mixed with dark, dull browns and purple.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An athletic boy with dark hair and muddy gray eyes like fish scales stood growling at him.’
      • ‘In the Great Court as I stumbled out the strong blue sky, the bright white cladding seemed pallid, muddy and dull around me.’
      • ‘Her eyes are a dark, muddy brown, and there are bags even bigger than the ones under my eyes under hers.’
      • ‘The graphics are dull and muddy at the best of times.’
      • ‘There are no obvious image defects, but often the image is muddy and dull.’
      • ‘Too much Worcestershire or hot sauce will make the drink muddy and too spicy.’
      • ‘The muddy yellows and dark reds are unfortunate hallmarks of DLP projectors.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fawn and slate, with an occasional tinge of a dark, muddy purple-brown give almost the only respite from black, white and grey.’
      • ‘Overall, the volume is attractively produced, with only a few typos and photographs that were muddy and dark.’
      • ‘I hate how that brown color in it makes my orange hair look muddy.’
      • ‘She is wearing gold loafers that seem oddly bright on the muddy blue carpet.’
      murky, cloudy, muddied, turbid, opaque, impure
      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 vocal incoherent’
      • ‘The sound is muddy and tinny, and it's hard to make out some of the dialogue.’
      • ‘The sound is stereo, and is a bit bass-heavy and muddy, but dialogue is easily heard.’
      • ‘The soundtrack seemed muddy at times but overall the sound was respectable.’
      • ‘Tonight, even a muddy sound system and faulty backing tapes cannot detract from the brilliant pop nous beating at the band's core.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To my ears, it simply sounds like grainy, muddy ambient music and experiments in granular synthesis.’
      • ‘The songs sound like they were recorded on a cassette tape; the sound is muddy, boxy, and dull, with little stereo separation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He also opens up the music's textures, clarifying orchestration that can seem muddy in other conductors' hands.’
      • ‘The guitars frequently sound muddy (which may be the point, considering the album cover?).’
      • ‘In that case, tones got a bit muddy.’
      • ‘The album's mixing is muddy, with the instrumentation indistinguishably blending together.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Farsi sounded a bit muddy to me at times, but that may be a reflection of local dialects.’
      • ‘Everything about the sound transfer is weak, muddy and very indistinct.’
      • ‘Dialogue is crystal clear; a surprise considering it often sounded muddy on previous home video releases.’
      • ‘Too often the fugue sounds either muddy or disjointed in performance.’
    3. 1.3Confused, vague, or illogical.
      ‘some sentences are so muddy that their meaning can only be guessed’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After a week, my muddy mind had cleared and I was able to focus again.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There were no grey areas, no muddy patches of confusion to catch you off guard.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Beevor is a great writer; his style is clear and precise and the details are never muddy regardless of their level of complexity.’
      incoherent, confused, muddled, jumbled, woolly, vague, fuzzy
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  • 1 Cause to become covered in or full of mud.

    ‘the linoleum floor was muddied’
    ‘cold, muddied feet’
    • ‘His wife is next him, her blue skirt hem muddied, her arms full of their youngest child.’
    • ‘It had been so ever since Caroline had arrived home, muddied and in disarray.’
    • ‘His clothes were all muddied and torn and there were bruises and scratches all over his face and hands.’
    • ‘He was looking forlornly over the spilt broth, and egg and bacon sandwich that were lying, muddied up and trod on, on the ground.’
    • ‘From the color of their beige uniforms - muddied and torn - it was evident that they were British.’
    • ‘The car was found on the outskirts of Birmingham on December 7, bloodstained, muddied, and with grass and leaves on the bonnet and underneath.’
    • ‘Her dress was torn, her legs were scratched and bruised, muddied from crawling on the filthy alley floor.’
    • ‘Her features softened, and she slowly straightened up, her shirt tattered, her jeans muddied.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    make muddy, cake with dirt, cake with mud, dirty, soil, begrime, grime, mire, spatter, bespatter
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    1. 1.1Make (something) hard to perceive or understand.
      ‘the first year's results muddy rather than clarify the situation’
      • ‘I've been moderately concerned about both - but two small stories muddy up my worries a bit.’
      • ‘Exaggerating his role in international terrorism muddies the true picture.’
      • ‘Incomplete or competing standards further muddied the picture.’
      • ‘However, I will pass along a few facts - they tend to get muddied in the media.’
      • ‘Oh, we've been very diplomatic but in the face of a deliberate and concerted political campaign the issues get muddied.’
      • ‘Some of Ellis's analyses, though thorough, seem a little muddied and somewhat belabored.’
      • ‘But it also brought so many people at once into the movement that our goals got muddied.’
      • ‘The issue has been muddied by the fact that there were two troubling areas of reporting.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The issue is further muddied by the fact that ‘contractor’ has opposing meanings.’
      • ‘The picture is further muddied by other factors.’
      • ‘For one thing, it muddies what is at the moment the strongest selling point for web services: simplicity.’
      • ‘The result is that the question of who is the more environmental got very muddied.’
      • ‘Depending on your perspective, he either clarified or muddied the matter.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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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  • muddy the waters

    • Make an issue or a situation more confusing by introducing complications.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If anything, it has served to only further 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.’
      • ‘Moreover, positive and negative objectives may be stated explicitly or only implied, which further muddies the water in terms of evaluating results.’
      • ‘These comments were then picked up and distorted, to further discredit my work, and muddy the waters on the Genetic Modification issue.’
      • ‘But other recommendations muddy the waters, by confusing issues of individual freedom with the imposition of various forms of responsibility.’
      • ‘Indonesia's economic collapse only served to muddy the waters.’
      • ‘Because you begin thinking this person has, sort of, muddied 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.’
      • ‘The waters are muddied by a Christian inheritance which provides conflicting models and doctrine.’
      • ‘But I do think that this scheme is giving a different message, and it is muddying the waters and quite confusing for younger children.’
      • ‘It's a version of events which Maradona himself denies, but Alberti's quotes, if anything, further served to muddy 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is a cheap political trick to try and muddy the waters just before an election.’
      • ‘The last thing we need is to have a bunch of pajama-clad amateurs muddying up the waters with their irresponsible guessing-games.’
      • ‘I'm bound to say that I can't see the difference, and suspect he wants to muddy the waters and befuddle the voters.’
      make vague, make unclear, make less distinct
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