Muddle Mud"dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Muddled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Muddling}.] [From {Mud}.] 1. To make turbid, or muddy, as water. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

He did ill to muddle the water. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

2. To cloud or stupefy; to render stupid with liquor; to intoxicate partially. [1913 Webster]

Epicurus seems to have had brains so muddled and confounded, that he scarce ever kept in the right way. --Bentley. [1913 Webster]

Often drunk, always muddled. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

3. To waste or misuse, as one does who is stupid or intoxicated. [R.] [1913 Webster]

They muddle it [money] away without method or object, and without having anything to show for it. --Hazlitt. [1913 Webster]

4. To mix confusedly; to confuse; to make a mess of; as, to muddle matters; also, to perplex; to mystify. --F. W. Newman. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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