• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mudsill Fig.: A person of the lowest stratum of society; -- a term of opprobrium or contempt.
    • Mudsill The lowest sill of a structure, usually embedded in the soil; the lowest timber of a house; also, that sill or timber of a bridge which is laid at the bottom of the water. See Sill.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mudsill The lowest sill of a structure, resting on the ground.
    • n mudsill A lowborn, ignorant, contemptible person.
    • n mudsill Specifically, the bed-piece or bottom timber of a dam placed across the stream and usually resting on rocks or in mud.
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In literature:

Virginia did not read this editorial, because it appeared in that abhorred organ of the Mudsills, the 'Missouri Democrat.
"The Crisis, Complete" by Winston Churchill
The cavalier cannot be a mudsill!
"Bohemian Days" by Geo. Alfred Townsend
I was transformed into a mudsill and Northern hireling last spring.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 6, No 5, November 1864" by Various
This mudsill of the world has learned to read and write and begun to think.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
The mudsills are a little ahead of the chivalry this time.
"Kinston, Whitehall and Goldsboro (North Carolina) expedition, December, 1862" by W. W. Howe
The insurgent moral sense of a mudsill and shopkeeping North had at last found voice and vent.
"Charles Sumner Centenary" by Archibald H. Grimke
She is the keystone of the arch, not the mudsill.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
I would not have come on your account, you little mudsill!
"A Daughter of the Union" by Lucy Foster Madison
There's got to be a mudsill somewhere.
"Following the Color Line" by Ray Stannard Baker
I have just returned, my boy, with my fellow-mercenaries and several mudsills from a carnival of gore.
"The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers. Series 1" by Robert H. Newell