- 1to put things in the wrong order or mix them up muddle something Don't do that—you're muddling my papers. muddle something up Their letters were all muddled up together in a drawer.
- 2muddle somebody (up) to confuse somebody Slow down a little—you're muddling me.
- 3muddle somebody/something (up) | muddle A (up) with B to confuse one person or thing with another synonym mix somethingup I muddled the dates and arrived a week early. He got all muddled up about what went where. They look so alike, I always get them muddled up. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘wallow in mud’): perhaps from Middle Dutch moddelen, frequentative of modden
BrE BrE//ˈmʌdl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌdl//(especially British English)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they muddle
BrE BrE//ˈmʌdl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌdl//he / she / it muddles
BrE BrE//ˈmʌdlz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌdlz//past simple muddled
BrE BrE//ˈmʌdld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌdld//past participle muddled
BrE BrE//ˈmʌdld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌdld//-ing form muddling
BrE BrE//ˈmʌdlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌdlɪŋ//