UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈmʌdˌlɑːk/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(mudlärk′)

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
mud•lark  (mudlärk′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]a person who gains a livelihood by searching for iron, coal, old ropes, etc., in mud or low tide.
  2. British Terms[Chiefly Brit. Informal.]a street urchin.
  3. Birdseither of two black and white birds, Grallina cyanoleuca, of Australia, or G. bruijni, of New Guinea, that builds a large, mud nest.

  1. to grub or play in mud.
  • mud + lark1 1790–1800

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
mudlark /ˈmʌdˌlɑːk/ n
  1. slang rare a street urchin
  2. (formerly) one who made a living by picking up odds and ends in the mud of tidal rivers
  3. Austral slang a racehorse that runs well on a wet or muddy course
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