4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Muddle \Mud"dle\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Muddled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Muddling}.] [From {Mud}.]

1. To make turbid, or muddy, as water. [Obs.]

He did ill to muddle the water. --L'Estrange.

2. To cloud or stupefy; to render stupid with liquor; to intoxicate partially.

Epicurus seems to have had brains so muddled and confounded, that he scarce ever kept in the right way. --Bentley.

Often drunk, always muddled. --Arbuthnot.

3. To waste or misuse, as one does who is stupid or intoxicated. [R.]

They muddle it [money] away without method or object, and without having anything to show for it. --Hazlitt.

4. To mix confusedly; to confuse; to make a mess of; as, to muddle matters; also, to perplex; to mystify. --F. W. Newman.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Muddle \Mud"dle\, verb (used without an object)

1. To dabble in mud. [Obs.] --Swift.

2. To think and act in a confused, aimless way.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Muddle \Mud"dle\, noun A state of being turbid or confused; hence, intellectual cloudiness or dullness.

We both grub on in a muddle. --Dickens.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a confused multitude of things [syn: {clutter}, {jumble}, {muddle}, {fuddle}, {mare's nest}, {welter}, {smother}]

2: informal terms for a difficult situation; "he got into a terrible fix"; "he made a muddle of his marriage" [syn: {fix}, {hole}, {jam}, {mess}, {muddle}, {pickle}, {kettle of fish}]


1: make into a puddle; "puddled mire" [syn: {muddle}, {puddle}]

2: mix up or confuse; "He muddled the issues" [syn: {addle}, {muddle}, {puddle}]

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