- Muck is mud, wet manure, or a black dirt made up of rotting plant material.
- An example of muck is the sticky thick ground in a cow field after the rain.
- An example of muck is fresh manure.
- An example of muck is the thick mud that forms underneath a pile of leaves.
- moist manure
- black earth containing decaying matter, used as a fertilizer
- mire; mud
- anything unclean or degrading; dirt; filth
Origin of muckMiddle English muk ; from or akin to Old Norse myki, dung ; from Indo-European base an unverified form meuk-, slippery, viscous from source meek, Classical Latin mucus
- to fertilize with muck
- Informal to dirty with or as with muck: often with up
- Chiefly Brit., Slang to make a mess of; bungle: often with up
- Chiefly Brit. to clean (esp. a stable); remove muck from: usually used with out
muck aboutor muck around
- A moist sticky mixture, especially of mud and filth.
- Moist farmyard dung; manure.
- Dark fertile soil containing decaying vegetable matter.
- Something filthy or disgusting.
- Earth, rocks, or clay excavated in mining.
- The pile of discarded cards, as in poker: threw his hand into the muck.
verbmucked, muck·ing, mucks
- To fertilize with manure or compost.
- To make dirty, especially with muck.
- To remove muck or dirt from (a mine, for example).
- To fold (one's hand) in a card game, especially by pushing one's cards away.
Origin of muckMiddle English muk, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse myki, dung.
(third-person singular simple present mucks, present participle mucking, simple past and past participle mucked)
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”), Albanian myk (“mould”), Ancient Greek mýxa 'mucus, lamp wick', mýkes 'fungus'), from *(s)meug, meuk 'to slip'. More at meek.