• "She looked a little suspiciously at my muddy legs."
    "She looked a little suspiciously at my muddy legs."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj muddy dirty and messy; covered with mud or muck "muddy boots","a mucky stable"
    • adj muddy (of liquids) clouded as with sediment "a cloudy liquid","muddy coffee","murky waters"
    • adj muddy (of color) discolored by impurities; not bright and clear "dirty" is often used in combination","a dirty (or dingy) white","the muddied grey of the sea","muddy colors","dirty-green walls","dirty-blonde hair"
    • adj muddy (of soil) soft and watery "the ground was boggy under foot","a marshy coastline","miry roads","wet mucky lowland","muddy barnyard","quaggy terrain","the sloughy edge of the pond","swampy bayous"
    • v muddy make turbid "muddy the water"
    • v muddy cause to become muddy "These data would have muddied the prediction"
    • v muddy dirty with mud
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Muddy Abounding in mud; besmeared or dashed with mud; as, a muddy road or path; muddy boots.
    • Muddy Confused, as if turbid with mud; cloudy in mind; dull; stupid; also, immethodical; incoherent; vague. "Cold hearts and muddy understandings.""Dost think I am so muddy , so unsettled."
    • Muddy Consisting of mud or earth; gross; impure. "This muddy vesture of decay."
    • Muddy Not clear or bright.
    • Muddy To cloud; to make dull or heavy; to confuse.
    • Muddy To soil with mud; to dirty; to render turbid.
    • Muddy Turbid with mud; as, muddy water.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • muddy Abounding in, covered with, or containing mud; foul with mud; turbid, as water or other fluids; miry.
    • muddy Consisting of mud or earth; hence, gross; impure; vile.
    • muddy Not clear or pure in color: as, a muddy green; a muddy complexion.
    • muddy Cloudy in mind; confused; dull; heavy; stupid.
    • muddy Obscure; wanting in clearness or perspicuity: as, a muddy style of writing.
    • muddy To soil with mud; dirty.
    • muddy To cloud; make dull or heavy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Muddy foul with mud: containing mud: covered with mud: confused: stupid
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  • Thomas Love Peacock
    Thomas Love Peacock
    “Marriage may often be a stormy lake, but celibacy is almost always a muddy horse pond.”
  • John Banham
    John Banham
    “I've not got a first in philosophy without being able to muddy things pretty satisfactory.”
  • William Congreve
    “Invention flags, his brain goes muddy, and black despair succeeds brown study.”


Muddy the waters - If somebody muddies the waters, he or she makes the situation more complex or less clear.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Old Low Ger. mudde, Dut. modder.


In literature:

Daddy done his fishin' in Muddy Crick 'cause slaves wern't 'lowed to leave de plantation for nothin' lak dat.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Even the deepest, darkest water (not, of course, muddy) yields after a while to the eye.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
On the journey we were a good deal annoyed by the swollen streams and the muddy roads consequent on three days of almost ceaseless rain.
"Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War" by Various
I will not have him walking on the beds with muddy feet.
"Ralestone Luck" by Andre Norton
They were men wounded last night, very muddy and trenchy; said the train was like heaven!
"Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915" by Anonymous
This deposit is never entirely dry and in rainy seasons is quite muddy.
"Archeological Investigations" by Gerard Fowke
If God, being all-wise, all-powerful and all-loving, turns author, why does He produce work so muddy that it requires a "Key"?
"Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers" by Elbert Hubbard
And when he had dressed and had laughed at himself he went back up the muddy road for Ygerne.
"Wolf Breed" by Jackson Gregory
It is about four hundred yards wide, and its waters are of a muddy white colour.
"Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the Years 1819-20-21-22, Volume 1" by John Franklin
To dream of seeing muddy water signifies that you will have trouble.
"Current Superstitions" by Various

In poetry:

T was a tidy young Tapir,
Who went out to bring in the paper;
And when he came back
He made no muddy track,
For he wiped his feet clean on the scraper.
"An Alphabet Zoo" by Carolyn Wells
ONE winter night, at half-past nine,
Cold, tired, and cross, and muddy,
I had come home, too late to dine,
And supper, with cigars and wine,
Was waiting in the study.
"Phantasmagoria Canto I (The Trystyng )" by Lewis Carroll
Your hills not only hills, but friends of mine and kindly
Your tiny knolls and orchards hidden beside the river
Muddy and strongly flowing, with shy and tiny streamlets
Safe in its bosom.
"Strange Service" by Ivor Gurney
Panels of claret and blue which shine
Under the moon like lees of wine.
A coronet done in a golden scroll,
And wheels which blunder and creak as they roll
Through the muddy ruts of a moorland track.
They daren't look back!
"The Exeter Road" by Amy Lowell
For the tug has got the tow-rope and will take us to the Downs,
Her paddles churn the river-wrack to muddy greens and browns,
And I have given river-wrack and all the filth of towns
For the rolling, combing cresters of the sea.
"A Pier-Head Chorus" by John Masefield
Bland, unfaithful politicians
Long had said this bridge should be.
Some soared on to high positions,
Some sank to obscurity;
Still the bridge had been denied it by its unrelenting foes -
By the foes of patient Wombat, where the Muddy River flows.
"The Bridge Across the Crick" by C J Dennis

In news:

A pioneer who muddies the waters separating jazz, blues, country, soul and rock, Cassandra Wilson possesses a beautiful voice and more than three decades of musical experience.
After beginning the day with a muddy to sloppy surface, the Kentucky Derby likely will be run on an optimal track.
Scratchy vanity 45s, pilfered field recordings, muddy off-the-radio sounds, homemade congregational tapes and vintage commercial gospel throw-downs.
Davy Adams gets muddy to help lead Northridge past Granger.
Muddy shoeprints were found on the sidewalk near the tree.
Thousands were on hand as women young and old ran through muddy obstacles at the Dirty Girl 5K at the National Shooting Complex on San Antonio's west side Saturday, Dec 1, 2012.
With an opportunity to pick up a much-needed win Tuesday, the Saranac Lake boys soccer team battled for 100 minutes in the rain with Plattsburgh on a muddy Schroeter's Field.
DULUTH — When a creek overflowed near Faith Garramone's house in west Duluth a month ago, it filled her basement with nearly four feet of muddy water.
That muddy water' of fairness .
03 Muddy Waters His Best The Same Thing.
Where's Monty: Getting muddy in an Arizona flash flood .
Look for tight, blood red spots of bait or big muddy areas and the tarpon should be close by.
The London Muddy Waters Sessions.
Does AG opinion muddy the waters on port bids.
After a rainy Saturday the Big Muddy Blues Festival moved outside for Sunday, the festival's final day.

In science:

This is a muddy issue, because CHIPS observed a signi ficantly lower intensity than did the calori meter and because preferential depletion of gas phase iron relative to other elements can partly explain the dearth of photons observed by CHIPS.
Revising the Local Bubble Model due to Solar Wind Charge Exchange X-ray Emission
In addition to this confusion between cutoff behaviour and new-physics dependence, the waters have recently become even more muddied due to a parallel confusion that has arisen within the specific context of TGV analyses.
Uses and Abuses of Effective Lagrangians
This reference is muddied by so many misprints that we will present its results anew.
Integrability versus separability for the multi-centre metrics
The above simple picture is muddied by the LSND “effect”, where in π+ decay at rest, π+ → µ+ νµ , µ+ → e+νe ¯νµ , the wrong neutrino ¯νe was seen at a fractional rate of about (2-3) 10−3 .
Concluding Remarks/Summary
Modern star formation theory muddies the waters by finding that objects can form as part of a “small-N” cluster, whose components interact gravitationally for a while, but where the lightest objects will be ejected from the group first.
Planetesimals To Brown Dwarfs: What is a Planet?