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

  • adj. Mentally confused.
  • adj. Inept; blundering.

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  • adj. Thinking in a muddled way; not thinking clearly

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the brains muddled; stupidly confused or dull; doltish: the opposite of clear-headed.


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  • In 1923, a self-trained Adventist geologist named George McCready Price took White's vision and turned it into a 700-page magnum opus called "The New Geology," where he set the standard for all the muddle-headed creationist pseudo-science that was to follow.

    Matt J. Rossano: Creationism: That (Not So) Old Time Religion

  • Any pretence that England were unfortunate victims of circumstance in New Zealand has been blown out of the water and replaced by a litany of examples of avarice and muddle-headed thinking.

    Damning reports expose something rotten at heart of England rugby | Robert Kitson

  • To be a muddle-headed aesthete, even to be interested in the aesthetic qualities of literature at all, has long been anathema to a certain kind of critic, grounds for accusing writers of being morally deficient, but why, for example, would it probably not occur to these critics to declare, say, composers too interested in art, too attentive to the needs of form over those of morality?

    Narrative Strategies

  • In the interests of perspective, any future Major Rooneys should be treated as amusingly muddle-headed curiosities, not threats.

    Wheel out a Major Dan Rooney and people on British streets would laugh

  • As for the figure at the center of the story, Mr. Horwitz sees him too often as the grim Old Man of long-ago histories: bold, arrogant, sly, fanatical, murderous, muddle-headed and possibly insane.

    An Angry Prophet

  • As I am forced to explain to my frequently muddle-headed undergraduate students, just because a trait or condition may not be chosen is insufficient to establish that any act that flows from it is fine, as it would justify all of sorts of acts that they would otherwise object to.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Add Bad Ethics to the Problems of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”?

  • They are incredibly short-sighted and muddle-headed in matters that are outside their businesses but affect the possible survival of business in general.

    The Friedmanite argument for regulation

  • And, while I'm at it, I think that it's ridiculous to believe in transubstantiation, that considering the Bible to be the literal word of God reduces that supposedly omnipotent being to a muddle-headed maniac and that the Hindu caste system and Roman Catholic rules against contraception could have been invented by Satan.

    If Britain decides to ban the burqa I might just start wearing one

  • Rod, in your increasingly muddle-headed thrashing about, you're becoming like some latter-day Dorothy Parker without the fag-holder. smog

    Giving evidence to the Chilcot inquiry, Tony Blair said: “I...

  • Our main doubts about Mr Obama have to do with the damage a muddle-headed Democratic Congress might try to do to the economy.

    And Lower… - Swampland -


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