muddle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v muddle mix up or confuse "He muddled the issues"
    • v muddle make into a puddle "puddled mire"
    • n muddle informal terms for a difficult situation "he got into a terrible fix","he made a muddle of his marriage"
    • n muddle a confused multitude of things
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Muddle A state of being turbid or confused; hence, intellectual cloudiness or dullness. "We both grub on in a muddle ."
    • Muddle To cloud or stupefy; to render stupid with liquor; to intoxicate partially. "Epicurus seems to have had brains so muddled and confounded, that he scarce ever kept in the right way.""Often drunk, always muddled ."
    • Muddle To dabble in mud.
    • Muddle To make turbid, or muddy, as water. "He did ill to muddle the water."
    • Muddle To mix confusedly; to confuse; to make a mess of; as, to muddle matters; also, to perplex; to mystify.
    • Muddle To think and act in a confused, aimless way.
    • Muddle To waste or misuse, as one does who is stupid or intoxicated. "They muddle it [money] away without method or object, and without having anything to show for it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • muddle To make foul, turbid, or muddy, as water.
    • muddle To bewilder; perplex.
    • muddle To intoxicate partially; cloud or stupefy, particularly with liquor: as, to muddle one's brains.
    • muddle To spend profitlessly; waste; misuse; fritter: usually with away.
    • muddle To bring into a state of confusion; make a mess of.
    • muddle To mix; stir: as, to muddle chocolate or drinks.
    • muddle To contract filth; become muddy or foul.
    • muddle To become confused, especially from drink.
    • muddle To potter about; wander confusedly.
    • n muddle A mess; dirty confusion; filth.
    • n muddle Intellectual confusion; cloudiness; bewilderment.
    • n muddle A kind of chowder; a pottle made with crackers. See pottle, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Muddle mud′l to render muddy or foul, as water: to confuse, esp. with liquor: to waste, squander, misuse
    • v.i Muddle to potter about
    • n Muddle confusion, mess: mental confusion, bewilderment
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Quotations

  • Anthony Sampson
    Anthony Sampson
    “Muddle is the extra unknown personality in any committee.”
  • Walter Lippmann
    Walter%20Lippmann
    “Corrupt, stupid grasping functionaries will make at least as big a muddle of socialism as stupid, selfish and acquisitive employers can make of capitalism.”
  • Iris Murdoch
    Iris%20Murdoch
    “He was a sociologist; he had got into an intellectual muddle early on in life and never managed to get out.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Mud

Usage

In literature:

Barroux no doubt appeared to be in a bad way; but with things in such a muddle one was bound to allow a margin for the unexpected.
"Paris From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
Barroux no doubt appeared to be in a bad way; but with things in such a muddle one was bound to allow a margin for the unexpected.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
Before the muddled insects could crawl into a crack, the Mutilator was upon them, and had bolted every one.
"Concerning Cats" by Helen M. Winslow
Here's a fine muddle.
"Redemption and Two Other Plays" by Leo Tolstoy
I felt dazed and muddled.
"The House on the Borderland" by William Hope Hodgson
The Senate has succeeded in muddling it to that degree of unintelligibility that nobody has the slightest notion what it provides.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 5, April 30, 1870" by Various
You're still muddled after floundering in the mud of South America.
"The Postmaster's Daughter" by Louis Tracy
It's a hell of a muddle!...
"The Desert of Wheat" by Zane Grey
And this I cannot believe to be other than gracious of influence upon the intricate muddle of human association.
"The Boss of Little Arcady" by Harry Leon Wilson
A failure to realize it lies at the root of our bewildered muddling of many crucial problems of the day.
"Supply and Demand" by Hubert D. Henderson
Indeed, we are in a muddle, sir.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol III" by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
Zoe has made a miserable and hopeless muddle of her life.
"Play-Making" by William Archer
It would be so dreadful to have a sister muddling in poverty, and clamouring for one's cast-off gowns.
"Phantom Fortune, A Novel" by M. E. Braddon
If Hubbard were not my friend I should describe him as one of the most amiable and most muddle-headed of mankind.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, Jan. 15, 1919" by Various
Muddling work, I calls it.
"A Cotswold Village" by J. Arthur Gibbs
Faith tried to wait upon her as rapidly as possible, but as she was not familiar with the stock, she got sadly muddled.
"For Gold or Soul?" by Lurana W. Sheldon
I don't intend to muddle along making a pittance like a hand logger.
"Big Timber" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
In spite of all my efforts to grow clearer, I was obliged to write my letter in a rather muddled state of mind.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 1" by Various
It was pretty late next morning when Mr. Gerzson raised his muddled head from the table.
"The Poor Plutocrats" by Maurus Jókai
In my mind everything concerning the relationship of men and women became confused, a muddle.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
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In poetry:

Now mount your musty pulpit — thump,
And muddle flat clodhoppers;
And let some long-eared booby "hump"
The plate about for coppers.
"A Hyde Park Larrikin" by Henry Kendall
And so I write in the middle
Of things not next one's feet,
Free from my own muddle,
Concerned for what is not.
Feel? Let the reader feel!
"This" by Fernando Pessoa
Is it not sad when in high places so
No sense of honour or of shame remains;
Men who make laws while reeling to and fro,
Statesmen with swaying step and muddled brains!
"Address To The Hon. Malcolm Cameron" by Nora Pembroke
Next door lives the husband who frets at his wife;
With his temper and spleen, she's no peace of her life.
Well I know—do you? he muddles his head
Every night with hot toddy, ere going to bed.
"The Same Old Strain" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
And his soul is seasoned, his soul
is very professional.
Only his body remains forever
an amateur. It tries and it misses,
gets muddled, doesn't learn a thing,
drunk and blind in its pleasures and its pains.
"A Man Doesn't Have Time In His Life" by Yehuda Amichai
I dunno 'ow the mornin' muddled through.
That naggin' tooth was gittin' reel red-'ot.
I 'ad a 'arf a dozen things to do,
An' slummed the lot.
Then, jist before I goes fer mornin' tea,
I start another row with Wally Free.
"Termarter Sorce" by C J Dennis

In news:

Texans' muddle huddle all about disrupting defense.
Mitt Romney's Mideast Muddle .
A muddle over the middle class.
Texans' ' muddle huddle' is pretty sweet.
Legal questions muddle Palo Alto's pot debate As courts issue conflicting rulings on marijuana dispensaries, city officials urge voters to reject Measure C. By Gennady Sheyner Palo Alto Weekly Staff.
Muddle in the political middle.
Image1-Mark Landsbaum: Muddle in the political middle.
Muddle in the middle vote, people, percent, political, half, years, election, four, say, independents.
(" Muddling " means mashing whatever you're using with a fork to release the juices and flavors.).
The Muddle East Whatever governments emerge, they will not be pro-Israel or pro-U.
The Muddle East (Page 2 of 2).
Mitt Romney's Verbal Gymnastics on Healthcare Muddle His Campaign.
Midweek July Fourth causes muddle for travelers.
Economy a ' muddle ' with high jobless claims, weak factory growth.
The question is whether, after two years of muddling through, Europe's pre- eminent power can act quickly and decisively.
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In science:

But the technical difficulties are often muddled with the core conceptual problem of making sense of general-relativistic quantum mechanics, creating a confusing situation.
Multiple-event probability in general-relativistic quantum mechanics: a discrete model
Secondly, the data are taken at several different telescopes, each with its own CCD camera – or even just two-star photometers in one case – meaning that the quality of the data will vary systematically (Deeg et al. 1998), further muddling time series.
A rigorous comparison of different planet detection algorithms
It is a cipher simple enough that it does not muddle the main intent of this work.
Learning by Test-infecting Symmetric Ciphers
The meaning of the notation should be very clear at each point, but because of how many terms we will be writing in each expression it will appear very muddled.
A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics Part II
The observational situation is therefore muddled.
Search for IR Emission from Intracluster Dust in A2029
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