WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 muck /mʌk/USA pronunciation
n. [uncountable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- animal waste matter used as fertilizer;
- mud, filth, dirt, or slime.
- insulting remarks to hurt the reputation of another:stirring up muck about his political opponent.
muck•y, adj., -i•er, -i•est.
- [Informal.]to make dirty;
soil:[~ + up + object]He had mucked up his clothes in the barnyard.
- Informal Termsmuck about or around, [no object]to waste time:He was mucking about the house all summer.
- muck up, [Informal.]to make a mess of* fail badly at;
bungle: [~ + up + object]He had mucked up the whole report.[~ + object + up]He must have mucked it all up.
(muk),USA pronunciation n.
- moist farmyard dung, decaying vegetable matter, etc.;
- Agriculturea highly organic, dark or black soil, less than 50 percent combustible, often used as a manure.
- filth, dirt, or slime.
- defamatory or sullying remarks.
- a state of chaos or confusion:to make a muck of things.
- Informal Terms, British Terms[Chiefly Brit. Informal.]something of no value;
- Mining(esp. in mining) earth, rock, or other useless matter to be removed in order to get out the mineral or other substances sought.
- Agricultureto manure.
- to make dirty;
- to remove muck from (sometimes fol. by out).
- Informal Terms
- to ruin;
bungle (often fol. by up).
- to put into a state of complete confusion (often fol. by up).
- Informal Termsmuck about or around, to idle;
- Old Norse myki cow dung
- Middle English muc, muk 1200–50
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
muck /mʌk/ n
- farmyard dung or decaying vegetable matter
- Also called: muck soil an organic soil rich in humus and used as a fertilizer
- dirt or filth
- slang chiefly Brit rubbish
- make a muck of ⇒ slang chiefly Brit to ruin or spoil
Etymology: 13th Century: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse myki dung, Norwegian myk
- to spread manure upon (fields, gardens, etc)
- to soil or pollute
- (often followed by out) to clear muck from
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