from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make turbid or muddy.
- transitive v. To mix confusedly; jumble.
- transitive v. To confuse or befuddle (the mind), as with alcohol. See Synonyms at confuse.
- transitive v. To mismanage or bungle.
- transitive v. To stir or mix (a drink) gently.
- intransitive 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make turbid, or muddy, as water.
- transitive v. To cloud or stupefy; to render stupid with liquor; to intoxicate partially.
- transitive v. To waste or misuse, as one does who is stupid or intoxicated.
- transitive v. To mix confusedly; to confuse; to make a mess of; ; also, to perplex; to mystify.
- intransitive v. To dabble in mud.
- intransitive v. To think and act in a confused, aimless way.
- n. A state of being turbid or confused; hence, intellectual cloudiness or dullness.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)