Muddle definition

mŭdl
A disordered condition; a mess or jumble.
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Muddle is defined as to mix up, confuse or think in a confused way, or to mix up a drink.

An example of muddle is to mix up a bunch of students' papers.

An example of muddle is yo smash mint in a glass in order to prepare a mohito cocktail.

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To mismanage or bungle.

Muddle a task.

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The definition of a muddle is a confusion.

An example of a muddle is a switching of a group of students' exams.

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To make turbid or muddy.
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To mix together, especially confusedly.

The various flavors are muddled in this recipe.

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To mix (a drink or the ingredients of a drink), especially with a muddler.
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To put into a state of confusion; confuse.

Emotional rhetoric will only muddle the debate on the issue.

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To confuse or befuddle (a person or the mind, for example).
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To think, act, or proceed in a confused or aimless manner.

Muddled along through my high-school years.

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A state of mental confusion.
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To mix up in a confused manner; jumble; bungle.
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To mix or stir (a drink, etc.)
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To make (water, etc.) turbid.
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To confuse mentally; befuddle, as with alcoholic liquor.
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To confuse (the brain, mind, etc.); befog.
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To act or think in a confused way.
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A confused or disordered condition; mess, jumble, etc.
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Mental confusion.
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To mix together, to mix up; to confuse.

Young children tend to muddle their words.

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To mash slightly for use in a cocktail.

He muddled the mint sprigs in the bottom of the glass.

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To dabble in mud.

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To make turbid or muddy.
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To think and act in a confused, aimless way.
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To cloud or stupefy; to render stupid with liquor; to intoxicate partially.
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To waste or misuse, as one does who is stupid or intoxicated.
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The muddle of nervous speech he uttered did not have much meaning.

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muddle through
  • to manage to succeed in spite of apparent blunders or confusion
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
muddle
Plural:
muddles

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of muddle

  • Possibly from obsolete Dutch moddelen to make water muddy from Middle Dutch frequentative of modden to make muddy from modde mud

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition