American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make turbid or muddy.
- v. To mix confusedly; jumble.
- v. To confuse or befuddle (the mind), as with alcohol. See Synonyms at confuse.
- v. To mismanage or bungle.
- v. To stir or mix (a drink) gently.
- v. To think, act, or proceed in a confused or aimless manner: muddled along through my high-school years.
- n. A disordered condition; a mess or jumble.
- n. Mental confusion.
- muddle through To push on to a favorable outcome in a disorganized way.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make foul, turbid, or muddy, as water.
- To bewilder; perplex.
- To intoxicate partially; cloud or stupefy, particularly with liquor: as, to muddle one's brains.
- To spend profitlessly; waste; misuse; fritter: usually with away.
- To bring into a state of confusion; make a mess of.
- To mix; stir: as, to muddle chocolate or drinks.
- To contract filth; become muddy or foul.
- To become confused, especially from drink.
- To potter about; wander confusedly.
- n. A mess; dirty confusion; filth.
- n. Intellectual confusion; cloudiness; bewilderment.
- n. A kind of chowder; a pottle made with crackers. See pottle, 2.
- v. To mix together, to mix up; to confuse.
- v. To mash slightly for use in a cocktail.
- n. A mixture; a confusion; a garble.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To make turbid, or muddy, as water.
- v. To cloud or stupefy; to render stupid with liquor; to intoxicate partially.
- v. rare To waste or misuse, as one does who is stupid or intoxicated.
- v. To mix confusedly; to confuse; to make a mess of; ; also, to perplex; to mystify.
- v. obsolete To dabble in mud.
- v. To think and act in a confused, aimless way.
- n. A state of being turbid or confused; hence, intellectual cloudiness or dullness.
- v. make into a puddle
- n. a confused multitude of things
- n. informal terms for a difficult situation
- v. mix up or confuse
- Possibly from obsolete Dutch moddelen, to make water muddy, from Middle Dutch, frequentative of *modden, to make muddy, from modde, mud. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Behind stone walls dripping with clematis, a crabapple's toss away from what he called a "muddle" of windblown daisies, beneath the dappled shade of a weeping beech tree, a ruddy-cheeked Englishman, dressed in a gently rumpled olive suit, sat with a sketch pad spread across his lap.”
“The policy muddle is mirrored by the tactical failures.”
“A muddle is a bar tool that allows you to crush ingredients together at the bottom of a glass, releasing lots of flavor into a drink.”
“More perplexing to me is the entire copyright muddle, which is a train wreck here in the US, where everyone watches everyone and my cat's walk across the keyboard is copyrighted.”
“Now the problem is that if you don't know what you're doing, you'll end up in a bit of a muddle, which is why I've come here, because anyone who is anyone in the technology industry at some point comes here, where all the big technology trade shows and conventions are held.”
“Now I want you to do me another favour, in spite of this stupid muddle, which is probably all my fault.”
“If our victory has thrown any politician into a muddle, that is not our concern.”
“Each term the muddle of purchasing textbooks bogs down many stressed-out students.”
“Here were deliciously flawed and human characters, perplexed by love and desire, and trying, as Bernadette Peters's character, the actress Desiree Armfeldt, puts it at one point, "to seek a coherent life" to take the place of the "muddle" that confuses and torments them.”
“Dear me " I've been married all these years to Quentin " and still he makes this kind of muddle without my knowing!”
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