Definition of mud noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//mʌd//
; NAmE NAmE//mʌd//
[uncountable] Rivers and lakes
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  • wet earth that is soft and sticky The car wheels got stuck in the mud. Your boots are covered in mud. mud bricks/huts (= made of dried mud) Synonymssoilmud dust clay land earth dirt groundThese are all words for the top layer of the earth in which plants grow.soil the top layer of the earth in which plants grow:Plant the seedlings in damp soil.mud wet soil that is soft and sticky:The car wheels got stuck in the mud.dust a fine powder that consists of very small pieces of rock, earth, etc:A cloud of dust rose as the truck set off.clay a type of heavy sticky soil that becomes hard when it is baked and is used to make things such as pots and bricks:The tiles are made of clay.land an area of ground, especially of a particular type:an area of rich, fertile landearth the substance that plants grow in. Earth is often used about the soil found in gardens or used for gardening:She put some earth into the pot.dirt (especially North American English) soil, especially loose soil:Pack the dirt firmly around the plants.ground an area of soil:The car got stuck in the muddy ground. They drove across miles of rough, stony ground. Ground is not used for loose soil:a handful of dry groundPatterns good/​rich soil/​land/​earth fertile/​infertile soil/​land/​ground to dig the soil/​mud/​clay/​land/​earth/​ground to cultivate the soil/​land/​ground See related entries: Rivers and lakes
  • Word Originlate Middle English: probably from Middle Low German mudde.Extra examples Flash floods and mud slides struck three coastal towns. Her boots were caked in mud. Several cars got bogged down in the mud. She fell in the mud. The cars had churned the lane into mud. The kids were in the yard making mud pies. The mud in the dried-up river bed had cracked. We squelched through the mud. Wet mud oozed up between their toes. footprints left in the hard dried mud pigs wallowing in the mud They live in mud huts with grass roofs.Idioms (informal, humorous) not clear at all; not easy to understand Oh well, that's all as clear as mud, then.
    fling, sling, etc. mud (at somebody)
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    to criticize somebody or accuse somebody of bad or shocking things in order to damage their reputation, especially in politics see also mud-slinging See related entries: Rivers and lakes
    (saying) people remember and believe the bad things they hear about other people, even if they are later shown to be false See related entries: Rivers and lakes
    somebody’s name is mud
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    (informal, usually humorous) used to say that somebody is not liked or popular because of something they have done Your name’s mud around here at the moment!
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mud