- IPA: [ˈmʌdi]
muddy (comparative muddier, superlative muddiest)
- Covered with or full of mud or wet soil.
- He slogged across the muddy field.
- Take off your muddy boots before you come inside.
- With mud or other sediment brought into suspension, turbid.
- The previously limpid water was now muddy as a result of the epic struggle.
- Not clear; mixed up or blurry.
- The picture is decent, but the sound is muddy.
- Confused; stupid; incoherent; vague.
- cold hearts and muddy understandings
- c. 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The VVinters Tale”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
- dost think I am so muddy, so unsettled
- (euphemistic) Soiled with feces.
- French: boueux, vaseux
- German: schlammig
- Italian: fangoso
- Portuguese: barroso, lodoso
- Russian: гря́зный
- Spanish: turbio, enfangado, fangoso, barroso, lodoso
muddy (muddies, present participle muddying; past muddied, past participle muddied)
- (transitive) To get mud on (something).
- If you muddy your shoes don't wear them inside.
- (transitive) To make a mess of, or create confusion with regard to; to muddle.
- The discussion only muddied their understanding of the subject.
- 2014, Steve Rose, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: a primate scream - first look review ↗", The Guardian, 1 July 2014:
- As the humans establish tentative bonds with their evolutionary cousins, the inter-species waters start to muddy.