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muddle

mud·dle

muddle

 
 
pronunciation:
muh dl
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
phrases:
muddle through
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: muddled, muddles, muddling
definition 1: to cause confusion or disorder in; mix up or jumble.
The report muddled the sequence of events.
synonyms:
jumble, mess up, mix up, scramble
similar words:
clutter, confound, confuse, derange, disarray, disorder, foul up, litter, muss, perplex, tumble
definition 2: to confuse or disorient (a person), as with drink, conflicting advice, or the like.
synonyms:
addle, baffle, befuddle, besot, bewilder, confound, fuddle, obfuscate, stupefy
similar words:
confuse, disorder, dizzy, drug, intoxicate, mess, nonplus
definition 3: to manage badly; bungle.
synonyms:
boggle, botch, bungle, butcher, flub, foul up, mess up, mismanage, muff
similar words:
blow, blunder, bollix, fumble, goof up, mar, ruin, snafu, spoil, trash, wreck
definition 4: to stir up (a drink, muddy water, or the like).
similar words:
stir
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to think or act in a confused, disorganized, or uninformed manner.
They just muddle along aimlessly.
similar words:
jumble, mess
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phrase: muddle through
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a confused, disorganized, or uncertain state of mind or affairs; mess.
synonyms:
bewilderment, confusion, daze, disarray, disorder, fog, haze, jumble, mess, tangle
similar words:
botch, chaos, muss, snafu, upset
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derivations: muddled (adj.), muddlingly (adv.), muddledness (n.)
Word History
The word muddle originally meant "to stir up mud."