Muddle

Definition of Muddle

Mud´dle
v. t.1.To make turbid, or muddy, as water.
[imp. & p. p. Muddled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Muddling .]
He did ill to muddle the water.
- L'Estrange.
2.To cloud or stupefy; to render stupid with liquor; to intoxicate partially.
Epicurus seems to have had brains so muddled and confounded, that he scarce ever kept in the right way.
- Bentley.
Often drunk, always muddled.
- Arbuthnot.
3.To waste or misuse, as one does who is stupid or intoxicated.
They muddle it [money] away without method or object, and without having anything to show for it.
- Hazlitt.
4.To mix confusedly; to confuse; to make a mess of; as, to muddle matters; also, to perplex; to mystify.
v. i.1.To dabble in mud.
2.To think and act in a confused, aimless way.
n.1.A state of being turbid or confused; hence, intellectual cloudiness or dullness.
We both grub on in a muddle.
- Dickens.

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