muddle

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈmʌdəl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈmʌdəl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(mudl)

Inflections of 'muddle' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
muddles
v 3rd person singular
muddling
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
muddled
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
muddled
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
mud•dle /ˈmʌdəl/USA pronunciation   v.,  -dled, -dling, n. 
v. 
  1. to mix up in a confused manner: [+ object]Most of my papers had been muddled during my absence.[+ up + object]Someone had muddled up the papers in his office.[+ object + up]Someone had muddled them up.
  2. to cause to become mentally confused:[+ object]The five strong drinks had muddled him.
  3. muddle along, [no object] to think or act without planning or direction:Our company is just muddling along.
  4. muddle through, [no object] to reach a goal despite lack of knowledge, skill, or direction:We'll just have to muddle through as best we can.

n. [countable;  singular]
  1. the state of being confused:in a muddle and unable to figure out which way to go.
  2. a confused or disordered state of affairs:a muddle of insurance forms.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
mud•dle  (mudl),USA pronunciation v.,  -dled, -dling, n. 
v.t. 
  1. to mix up in a confused or bungling manner;
    jumble.
  2. to cause to become mentally confused.
  3. to cause to become confused or stupid with or as if with an intoxicating drink.
  4. to make muddy or turbid, as water.
  5. to mix or stir (a cocktail, chocolate, etc.).
  6. Ceramicsto smooth (clay) by rubbing it on glass.

v.i. 
  1. to behave, proceed, or think in a confused or aimless fashion or with an air of improvisation:Some people just muddle along, waiting for their big break.
  2. muddle through, to achieve a certain degree of success but without much skill, polish, experience, or direction:None of us knew much about staging a variety show, so we just had to muddle through.

n. 
  1. the state or condition of being muddled, esp. a confused mental state.
  2. a confused, disordered, or embarrassing condition;
    mess.
muddled•ness, muddle•ment, n. 
muddling•ly, adv. 
  • 1540–50; mud + -le; cognate with Middle Dutch moddelen to muddy
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged confuse, botch, bungle, spoil.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
muddle /ˈmʌdəl/ vb (transitive)
  1. (often followed by up) to mix up (objects, items, etc); jumble
  2. to confuse
  3. US to mix or stir (alcoholic drinks, etc)
n
  1. a state of physical or mental confusion
Etymology: 16th Century: perhaps from Middle Dutch moddelen to make muddy

ˈmuddled adj ˈmuddling adj , n
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