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Contemporary Examples

  • In a dim backroom of a mud hut in Save, 82-year-old Teresa Nyirabutunda sits propped upright in bed by her daughter, Francine.

  • The young boy who had fashioned the mud toy grinned at all the attention he was receiving.

  • I met with a woman who shall remain nameless—no point in dragging her through the mud now.

  • If you lose the marshes and the vegetation, all you're left with is mud, which just slides into the water.

  • But that mud has been sliced, diced, and depleted by multiple causes.

Historical Examples

  • And to think you went and walked about in the mud and the east wind!

    Demos George Gissing
  • This they tow to the spot, and sink it horizontally with mud and stones.

  • The left arm of your jacket is spattered with mud in no less than seven places.

  • To these were fixed horizontal beams, the whole covered with mud and straw.

  • She thought she should miss the happy times in the mud with the other children.

British Dictionary definitions for mud Expand




a fine-grained soft wet deposit that occurs on the ground after rain, at the bottom of ponds, lakes, etc


(informal) slander or defamation


(informal) clear as mud, not at all clear


drag someone's name in the mud, to disgrace or defame someone


(informal) here's mud in your eye, a humorous drinking toast


(informal) someone's name is mud, someone is disgraced


(informal) throw mud at, sling mud at, to slander; vilify

verb muds, mudding, mudded

(transitive) to soil or cover with mud

Word Origin

C14: probably from Middle Low German mudde; compare Middle High German mot swamp, mud, Swedish modd slush

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Word Origin and History for mud Expand


mid-14c., cognate with and probably from Middle Low German mudde, Middle Dutch modde "thick mud," from Proto-Germanic mud- from PIE (s)meu-/mu- [Buck], found in many words denoting "wet" or "dirty" (cf. Greek mydos "damp, moisture," Old Irish muad "cloud," Polish muł "slime," Sanskrit mutra- "urine," Avestan muthra- "excrement, filth"); related to German Schmutz "dirt," which also is used for "mud" in roads, etc., to avoid dreck, which originally meant "excrement." Welsh mwd is from English. Replaced native fen.

Meaning "lowest or worst of anything" is from 1580s. As a word for "coffee," it is hobo slang from 1925; as a word for "opium" from 1922. To throw or hurl mud "make disgraceful accusations" is from 1762. To say (one's) name is mud and mean "(one) is discredited" is first recorded 1823, from mud in obsolete sense of "a stupid twaddling fellow" (1708). Mud in your eye as a toast recorded from 1912, American English. Mud puppy "salamander" is from 1889, American English; mud bath is from 1798; mud pie is from 1788.

Slang definitions & phrases for mud Expand



  1. Defamatory assertions and accusations: Watch out, they'll throw a lot of mud at you (1786+)
  2. pium before it is readied for smoking (1922+ Narcotics)
  3. Coffee (1925+ Hoboes)

Related Terms

someone's name is mud, stick in the mud

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Related Abbreviations for mud Expand



multiuser dimension


multiuser domain


multiuser dungeon

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