• "She looked a little suspiciously at my muddy legs."
    "She looked a little suspiciously at my muddy legs."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n muddiness the quality of being cloudy
    • n muddiness a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior "a confusion of impressions"
    • n muddiness the wetness of ground that is covered or soaked with water "the baseball game was canceled because of the wateriness of the outfield","the water's muddiness made it undrinkable","the sloppiness of a rainy November day"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Muddiness Obscurity or confusion, as in treatment of a subject; intellectual dullness.
    • Muddiness The condition or quality of being muddy; turbidness; foulness caused by mud, dirt, or sediment; as, the muddiness of a stream.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n muddiness The quality or condition of being muddy: turbidness; foulness caused by mud, dirt, or sediment: as, the muddiness of a stream.
    • n muddiness Obscurity; want of perspicuity.
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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.


In literature:

About the stranded craft swirled the muddy river.
"The Outdoor Girls in Florida" by Laura Lee Hope
Folk arrived hourly by the muddy track from Panama.
"On the Spanish Main" by John Masefield
Right in the shallow pond of muddy water they slid, sitting down.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue on Grandpa's Farm" by Laura Lee Hope
There had been a heavy shower the night before and the main highways were in excellent condition, though a trifle muddy in spots.
"The Outdoor Girls in a Motor Car" by Laura Lee Hope
Its great mass of muddy roots brushed against them.
"Tom Slade's Double Dare" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
All about was swirling muddy water.
"Under the Ocean to the South Pole" by Roy Rockwood
For right into it he ran, and he splattered some of the muddy water over the two boys, who stood near the hole they had dug.
"Six Little Bunkers at Aunt Jo's" by Laura Lee Hope
On the kitchen sink lay a tin pan with four or five muddy parsnips.
"Young Lucretia and Other Stories" by Mary E. Wilkins
By this time it was dark and rainy and very muddy.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
The sight of the yellow, muddy Yangtzse moved him strangely.
"Civilization" by Ellen Newbold La Motte

In poetry:

The king was angry.
He put Jeremiah in a deep muddy pit.
It took thirty men to pull him out.
God had more work for him to do.
"Jeremiah Is Put in the Dungeon" by Doris Clore Demaree
Yet as the dark and muddy tide,
When far from its polluted source,
Becomes more pure and purified,
Flows in a clear and happy course;
"The Hall Of Justice" by George Crabbe
Of soldiers resting by the road,
Who smoked and drowsed, a muddy rout,
One sprang alert, and forward strode,
With eager eyes to seek us out.
"The Living Picture" by Edward Dyson
And love me, it was sure to dye
A muddy green, or staring blue:
Whilst one might trace, with half an eye,
The still triumphant carrot through
"Theme With Variations" by Lewis Carroll
One moment only, for the pick, uplifting,
Through root and fibre cleaves,
And on the muddy current slowly drifting
Are swept thy bruised leaves.
"The Mountain Heart's-Ease" by Francis Bret Harte
Across the window-pane
It pours and pours;
And swift and wide,
With a muddy tide,
Like a river down the gutter roars
The rain, the welcome rain!
"Rain In Summer" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Foothill 's offense has been "rolling," Prinz said, but the third-seeded Cougars (8-3) will need to prove they can continue their offensive productivity on grass turf and in wet, muddy conditions.
Haley Manley/Gold Country News ServiceFive Lincoln freshmen raise their helmets after a muddy victory over Mesa Verde last week.
The grass had been ground into a muddy slop.
Water payment flap muddies relations between Halfmoon, Waterford.
In addition to competing in a duathlon and a triathlon this summer, the 37-year old defenseman for the Kalamazoo Wings also took part in the "Muddy Patriot" at Timber Ridge in Gobles.
An eight-month old elephant calf is rescued from a muddy well by the Amboseli Trust for Elephants.
Highly recommended for shorter trail races and muddy courses.
Photo provided by Animal Planet Sean Muldoon, left, and Shane Stillman, right, grapple with a 40-pounder on the muddy Red River in Oklahoma.
Matthew Holt and Kerry Hall took their dog Muddy Joans to the downtown Lawrence's trick-or-treating event on Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012.
A volatile volcano has erupted again in northern Indonesia , spewing smoke and ash that caused muddy rain to fall in nearby villages.
Olam's Dollar Bonds Plunge After Muddy Waters Queries Accounting.
Pretty Muddy Women's Mud Run.
Pretty Muddy is a 5-K adventurous obstacle course mud run for any woman who wants to get outside, spend time with friends and have fun.
Get your boots muddy .
Participated with her niece and niece's friend and was looking forward to getting muddy .

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?