Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Wet, sticky, soft earth, as on the banks of a river.
  • n. Slang Wet plaster, mortar, or cement.
  • n. Slanderous or defamatory charges or comments: slinging mud at his opponent.
  • transitive v. To cover or spatter with or as if with mud.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mixture of water and soil or fine grained sediment.
  • n. A plaster-like mixture used to texture or smooth drywall.
  • n. Wet concrete as it is being mixed, delivered and poured.
  • n. Willfully abusive, even slanderous remarks or claims, notably between political opponents.
  • n. Money, dough, especially when proceeding from dirty business.
  • n. stool that is exposed as a result of anal sex
  • n. A particle less than 62.5 microns in diameter, following the Wentworth scale
  • v. To make muddy, dirty
  • v. To make turbid
  • v. To participate in a MUD, or multi-user dungeon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Earth and water mixed so as to be soft and adhesive.
  • transitive v. To bury in mud.
  • transitive v. To make muddy or turbid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bury in mud or mire; cover or bedaub with mud.
  • To make turbid or foul with dirt; stir the sediment in (liquors).
  • To go in or under the mud, for refuge or warmth, as does the eel.
  • To fill with mud or soft clay, as the crevices between the logs in a log house.
  • n. Moist and soft earth or earthy matter, whether produced by rains on the earthy surface, by ejections from springs and volcanoes, or by sediment from turbid waters; mire.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. plaster with mud
  • n. slanderous remarks or charges
  • v. soil with mud, muck, or mire
  • n. water soaked soil; soft wet earth

Etymologies

Middle English mudde, probably from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch modde.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unattested in Old English; probably cognate with (or perhaps directly borrowed from) Middle Dutch modde, Middle Low German modde, mudde (Low German Mudd), (Dutch modder). Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian mut ("filth, excrement"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "At seven we arrive at the gun position, the guns have gone, and all that is left are the M Truck Signallers who are to reel in the D5 lines.
    'This is it,' said Driver Masters, pulling up in a morass of mud.
    I leap from the vehicle and land knee-deep in it.
    'It's all yours, ' says Masters, and speeds away like a priest from a brothel."
    - Spike Milligan, 'Mussolini: My Part In His Downfall.'

    April 18, 2009

  • I *love* the hippopotamus song!

    March 20, 2009

  • Mud, mud, glorious mud!
    Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood!
    So follow me, follow
    Down to the hollow
    And there we will wallow
    In glorious mud.

    - The Hippopotamus Song

    March 20, 2009

  • Also (obs.), an old Dutch and (in later use) South African dry measure of capacity, varying in amount but usually equivalent to about three bushels (approx. 109 litres).

    August 6, 2008