muddiness

Muddiness is the sloppy, damp, dirty state of wet earth. You can also use muddiness for confusion or vagueness: "The muddiness of the writing made that book impossible to finish."

You can use this noun for the muddy ground beside a pond — its muddiness might make you decide to run home and grab your boots. Figuratively, muddiness describes anything that's vague or unclear, like the muddiness of your friend's logic in her hastily written essay. Sometimes sound is described this way too, if it's undefined or blurry: "I'm not a fan of that dissonant muddiness. I like songs I can sing along with."

Definitions of muddiness
  1. noun
    the wetness of ground that is covered or soaked with water
    “the water's muddiness made it undrinkable”
    synonyms: sloppiness, wateriness
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    wetness
    the condition of containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water)
  2. noun
    the quality of being cloudy
    synonyms: cloudiness, murkiness
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    turbidity, turbidness
    muddiness created by stirring up sediment or having foreign particles suspended
    haziness, mistiness, steaminess, vaporousness, vapourousness
    cloudiness resulting from haze or mist or vapor
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    opacity, opaqueness
    the quality of being opaque to a degree; the degree to which something reduces the passage of light
  3. noun
    a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior
    synonyms: confusedness, confusion, disarray, mental confusion
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    disorientation
    confusion (usually transient) about where you are and how to proceed; uncertainty as to direction
    distraction
    mental turmoil
    daze, fog, haze
    confusion characterized by lack of clarity
    half-cock
    confusion resulting from lack of preparation
    jamais vu
    the experience of being unfamiliar with a person or situation that is actually very familiar; associated with certain types of epilepsy
    bafflement, befuddlement, bemusement, bewilderment, mystification, obfuscation, puzzlement
    confusion resulting from failure to understand
    perplexity
    trouble or confusion resulting from complexity
    culture shock
    a condition of disorientation affecting someone who is suddenly exposed to an unfamiliar culture or way of life or set of attitudes
    closed book, enigma, mystery, secret
    something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
    maze, snarl, tangle
    something jumbled or confused
    dilemma, quandary
    state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options
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    cognitive state, state of mind
    the state of a person's cognitive processes
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