Definitions

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

  • n. A moist sticky mixture, especially of mud and filth.
  • n. Moist farmyard dung; manure.
  • n. Dark fertile soil containing decaying vegetable matter.
  • n. Something filthy or disgusting.
  • n. Earth, rocks, or clay excavated in mining.
  • transitive v. To fertilize with manure or compost.
  • transitive v. To make dirty with or as if with muck.
  • transitive v. To remove muck or dirt from (a mine, for example).
  • muck about Chiefly British To spend time idly; putter.
  • muck up Informal To bungle, damage, or ruin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Slimy mud.
  • n. Soft or slimy manure.
  • n. dirt; something that makes another thing dirty.
  • v. To shovel muck.
  • v. To manure with muck.
  • v. To do a dirty job.
  • v. To pass (give one's cards back to the dealer).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Abbreviation of Amuck.
  • n. Dung in a moist state; manure.
  • n. Vegetable mold mixed with earth, as found in low, damp places and swamps.
  • n. Anything filthy or vile.
  • n. Money; -- in contempt.
  • n. The unwanted material, especially rock or soil, that must be excavated in order to reach the valuable ore; also, the unwanted material after being excavated or crushed by blasting, or after being removed to a waste pile. In the latter sense, also called a muck pile.
  • adj. Like muck; mucky; also, used in collecting or distributing muck.
  • transitive v. To manure with muck.
  • v. To excavate and remove muck{5}. Often used with out, .

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Dung in a moist state; a mass of dung and putrefied vegetable matter.
  • n. Hence Manure in general.
  • n. A wet, slimy mass; a mess.
  • n. Money: so called in contempt.
  • Resembling muck; mucky; damp.
  • To manure.
  • To remove muck or manure from.
  • To labor very hard; toil.
  • n. An erroneous form, due to mistaking the adverb amuck for a noun with the indefinite article. See amuck.

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

  • v. spread manure, as for fertilization
  • n. fecal matter of animals
  • n. any thick, viscous matter
  • v. soil with mud, muck, or mire
  • v. remove muck, clear away muck, as in a mine

Etymologies

Middle English muk, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse myki, dung.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English mok, muk, from Old Norse myki, mykr ("dung") (compare Icelandic mykja), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)meug (“slick, slippery”), *meuk (compare Welsh mign ("swamp"), Latin mūcus ("snot"), mucere ("to be moldy or musty"), Latvian mukls ("swampy"), Ancient Greek mýxa 'mucus, lamp wick', mýkes 'fungus'), from *(s)meug, meuk 'to slip'. More at meek. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • By the term muck, some farmers understand leaf-mold (decayed leaves), especially that which collects in low and wet places.

    Peat and its Uses as Fertilizer and Fuel

  • There is, however, with us, an inclination to apply this word particularly to those purer and more compact sorts which are adapted for fuel, while to the lighter, less decomposed or more weathered kinds, and to those which are considerably intermixed with soil or silt, the term muck or swamp muck is given.

    Peat and its Uses as Fertilizer and Fuel

  • I am often in muck up past my knees, so they can't get sucked off when I lift my feet.

    I blew out my wading boots this weekend. Any suggestions on new ones?

  • Authority is there to counteract the piggy part of the self, the part that wants nothing more than to wallow in muck, doing nothing, staying stubbornly inert and apathetic.

    An Education « Tales from the Reading Room

  • Berryland sand, frequently flooded (BF) and Manahawkin muck (Ma) are Group 1 Hydric Soils, of which there are approximately 15 acres in the western portion of the borough known as Beachwood West.

    2009 March « Beachwood Historical Alliance

  • The arguments have been so deep in muck and mud slinging that nothing is getting done while the poor, the marginal are being led to the slaughter.

    Huckabee takes aim at 'Romneycare'

  • Bogging through mud and muck is hard work and the reward of catching fish at the end or beginning of the day is priceless, good times, good people tough places, now this is an article with backbone.

    Ice-Out by Ice Road: Fishing Backcountry Manitoba by ATV

  • Yes | No | Report from tennesseedeerhunter wrote 4 days 14 hours ago muck is a good type of boots you can get them insulated or not insulated

    my dad wants a pair of muck boots for work should he get those or another brand

  • Silent and alone, a hundred feet beneath the floor of the jungle, covered in muck and filth from wading through the underground river, holding only a gas torch above his head, he couldn't be more pleased with himself.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • This is great news for cops and crooks alike, and all are disappointed when Brant makes a quick recovery to again muck about in people's lives, go after the shooter, and generally behave worse than the lowest villain.

    Archive 2007-10-21

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