muddle
I. verb (muddled; muddling) Etymology: probably from obsolete Dutch moddelen, from Middle Dutch, from modde mud; akin to Middle Low German mudde Date: 1676 transitive verb 1. to make turbid or muddy 2. to befog or stupefy especially with liquor 3. to mix confusedly 4. to make a mess of ; bungle intransitive verb to think or act in a confused aimless way • muddler noun II. noun Date: circa 1818 1. a state of especially mental confusion 2. a confused mess • muddly adjective

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  • Muddle — Mud dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Muddled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Muddling}.] [From {Mud}.] 1. To make turbid, or muddy, as water. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] He did ill to muddle the water. L Estrange. [1913 Webster] 2. To cloud or stupefy; to render stupid… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • muddle — ► VERB 1) bring into a disordered or confusing state. 2) confuse or perplex (someone). 3) (muddle up) confuse (two or more things) with each other. 4) (muddle along/through) cope more or less satisfactorily. ► NOUN ▪ a mudd …   English terms dictionary

  • Muddle — Mud dle, n. A state of being turbid or confused; hence, intellectual cloudiness or dullness. [1913 Webster] We both grub on in a muddle. Dickens. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Muddle — may refer to: Mr. Muddle, one of the Mr. Men from the children s book series by Richard Hargreaves MDL (programming language), the Lisp derived language that Zork was first written in MUDDL, a programming language originally created for the first …   Wikipedia

  • muddle# — muddle vb *confuse, addle, fuddle, befuddle Analogous words: *puzzle, perplex, mystify, bewilder, distract, nonplus, confound, dumbfound: faze, rattle, discomfit, *embarrass: fluster, flurry, upset, agitate, *discompose Antonyms: enlighten muddle …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • muddle — [n] confused state ataxia, awkwardness, botch, chaos, clutter, complexity, complication, confusion, daze, difficulty, dilemma, disarrangement, disarray, disorder, disorganization, emergency, encumbrance, fog, foul up*, hash, haze, intricacy,… …   New thesaurus

  • muddle — [mud′ l] vt. muddled, muddling [< MUD + LE] 1. to mix up in a confused manner; jumble; bungle 2. to mix or stir (a drink, etc.) 3. to make (water, etc.) turbid 4. to confuse mentally; befuddle, as with alcoholic liquor …   English World dictionary

  • Muddle — Mud dle, v. i. 1. To dabble in mud. [Obs.] Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. To think and act in a confused, aimless way. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • muddle — I verb addle, baffle, becloud, befog, befuddle, bewilder, botch, bungle, cloud, complicate, confound, confundere, confuse, daze, derange, disarrange, discompose, disconcert, disorder, disorganize, disturb, embrangle, entangle, fluster, fog,… …   Law dictionary

  • muddle — mud|dle1 [ˈmʌdl] n 1.) be in a muddle/get into a muddle BrE a) to be confused ▪ I m in such a muddle, I d completely forgotten you were coming today. be in a muddle/get into a muddle over/about ▪ My grandmother tends to get into a muddle over… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • muddle — mud|dle1 [ mʌdl ] noun count usually singular a confused situation or condition: Her feelings for him are such a muddle. in a muddle: She died leaving her financial affairs in a muddle. a. count or uncount a mistake caused by a confused situation …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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