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muddle (v.)

1590s, "destroy the clarity of" (a transferred sense); literal sense ("to bathe in mud") is from c. 1600; perhaps frequentative formation from mud, or from Dutch moddelen "to make (water) muddy," from the same Proto-Germanic source. Sense of "to make muddy" is from 1670s; that of "make confused, bewilder" is recorded by 1680s. Meaning "to bungle" is from 1885. Related: Muddled; muddling.

muddle (n.)

"intellectual confusion, bewilderment," 1818, from muddle (v.).

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Definitions of muddle
1
muddle (v.)
make into a puddle;
Synonyms: puddle
muddle (v.)
mix up or confuse;
He muddled the issues
Synonyms: addle / puddle
2
muddle (n.)
a confused multitude of things;
Synonyms: clutter / jumble / fuddle / mare's nest / welter / smother
muddle (n.)
informal terms for a difficult situation;
he made a muddle of his marriage
Synonyms: fix / hole / jam / mess / pickle / kettle of fish
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