muddy

Muddy is a verb that means to make dirty with mud. You might muddy up your mom's white shag rug if you don't take off your dirty hiking boots before you walk inside.

The meaning of muddy is easy to remember: just look at the root word mud and think about smearing it on something. Muddy is also an adjective that describes something that's dirty and messy. When you're a child, you often end up looking muddy after playing outside, because you've been splashing in puddles and playing in the leaves. Muddy can also describe soil that's waterlogged, like your vegetable garden after a big rainstorm.

Definitions of muddy
  1. adjective
    (of soil) soft and watery
    muddy barnyard”
    synonyms: boggy, marshy, miry, mucky, quaggy, sloppy, sloughy, soggy, squashy, swampy, waterlogged
    wet
    covered or soaked with a liquid such as water
  2. adjective
    dirty and messy; covered with mud or muck
    muddy boots”
    synonyms: mucky
    dirty, soiled, unclean
    soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime
  3. adjective
    (of liquids) clouded as with sediment
    muddy coffee”
    synonyms: cloudy, mirky, murky, turbid
    opaque
    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
  4. adjective
    (of color) discolored by impurities; not bright and clear
    muddy colors”
    synonyms: dingy, dirty, muddied
    impure
    combined with extraneous elements
  5. verb
    dirty with mud
    synonyms: muddy up
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    begrime, bemire, colly, dirty, grime, soil
    make soiled, filthy, or dirty
  6. verb
    cause to become muddy
    “These data would have muddied the prediction”
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    blur, confuse, obnubilate, obscure
    make unclear, indistinct, or blurred
  7. verb
    make turbid
    muddy the water”
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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