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mud·dle

 (mŭd′l)
v. mud·dled, mud·dling, mud·dles
v.tr.
1.
a. To mix together, especially confusedly: The various flavors are muddled in this recipe.
b. To mix (a drink or the ingredients of a drink), especially with a muddler.
2.
a. To put into a state of confusion; confuse: Emotional rhetoric will only muddle the debate on the issue.
b. To confuse or befuddle (a person or the mind, for example). See Synonyms at befuddle.
3. To mismanage or bungle: muddle a task.
4. To make turbid or muddy.
v.intr.
To think, act, or proceed in a confused or aimless manner: muddled along through my high-school years.
n.
1. A disordered condition; a mess or jumble.
2. A state of mental confusion.
3. See muddler.
Phrasal Verb:
muddle through
To push on to a favorable outcome in a disorganized way.

[Possibly from obsolete Dutch moddelen, to make water muddy, from Middle Dutch, frequentative of *modden, to make muddy, from modde, mud.]

muddle

(ˈmʌdəl)
vb (tr)
1. (often foll by up) to mix up (objects, items, etc); jumble
2. to confuse
3. to make (water) muddy or turbulent
4. (Brewing) US to mix or stir (alcoholic drinks, etc)
n
a state of physical or mental confusion
[C16: perhaps from Middle Dutch moddelen to make muddy]
ˈmuddled adj
ˈmuddledness, ˈmuddlement n
ˈmuddling adj, n
ˈmuddlingly adv
ˈmuddly adj

mud•dle

(ˈmʌd l)

v. -dled, -dling,
n. v.t.
1. to mix up in a confused or bungling manner.
2. to cause to become mentally confused.
3. to cause to become confused or stupid with or as if with liquor.
4. to make muddy or turbid, as water.
5. to mix or stir (a drink).
v.i.
6. to think or act in a confused or aimless fashion: muddling along, waiting for a big break.
7. muddle through, to make progress or reach a goal despite lack of knowledge, skill, or direction.
n.
8. the state of being muddled, esp. a confused mental state.
9. a confused or disordered state of affairs; mess.
[1540–50; mud + -le]
mud′dler, n.

muddle

- To muddle a lemon is to lightly mash slices to release the essential oils.
See also related terms for lemon.

Muddle

 a confused collection; a confused assemblage. See also jumble, mess.
Examples: muddle of objects, 1865; of paint, 1891.

muddle


Past participle: muddled
Gerund: muddling

Imperative
muddle
muddle
Present
I muddle
you muddle
he/she/it muddles
we muddle
you muddle
they muddle
Preterite
I muddled
you muddled
he/she/it muddled
we muddled
you muddled
they muddled
Present Continuous
I am muddling
you are muddling
he/she/it is muddling
we are muddling
you are muddling
they are muddling
Present Perfect
I have muddled
you have muddled
he/she/it has muddled
we have muddled
you have muddled
they have muddled
Past Continuous
I was muddling
you were muddling
he/she/it was muddling
we were muddling
you were muddling
they were muddling
Past Perfect
I had muddled
you had muddled
he/she/it had muddled
we had muddled
you had muddled
they had muddled
Future
I will muddle
you will muddle
he/she/it will muddle
we will muddle
you will muddle
they will muddle
Future Perfect
I will have muddled
you will have muddled
he/she/it will have muddled
we will have muddled
you will have muddled
they will have muddled
Future Continuous
I will be muddling
you will be muddling
he/she/it will be muddling
we will be muddling
you will be muddling
they will be muddling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been muddling
you have been muddling
he/she/it has been muddling
we have been muddling
you have been muddling
they have been muddling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been muddling
you will have been muddling
he/she/it will have been muddling
we will have been muddling
you will have been muddling
they will have been muddling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been muddling
you had been muddling
he/she/it had been muddling
we had been muddling
you had been muddling
they had been muddling
Conditional
I would muddle
you would muddle
he/she/it would muddle
we would muddle
you would muddle
they would muddle
Past Conditional
I would have muddled
you would have muddled
he/she/it would have muddled
we would have muddled
you would have muddled
they would have muddled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.muddle - a confused multitude of thingsmuddle - a confused multitude of things  
disorderliness, disorder - a condition in which things are not in their expected places; "the files are in complete disorder"
rummage - a jumble of things to be given away
2.muddle - informal terms for a difficult situationmuddle - informal terms for a difficult situation; "he got into a terrible fix"; "he made a muddle of his marriage"
difficulty - a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome; "grappling with financial difficulties"
dog's breakfast, dog's dinner - a poor job; a mess; "they made a real dog's breakfast of that job"
Verb1.muddle - make into a puddle; "puddled mire"
rile, roil - make turbid by stirring up the sediments of
2.muddle - mix up or confusemuddle - mix up or confuse; "He muddled the issues"
mix up, jumble, confuse - assemble without order or sense; "She jumbles the words when she is supposed to write a sentence"

muddle

noun
1. confusion, mess, disorder, chaos, plight, tangle, mix-up, clutter, disarray, daze, predicament, jumble, ravel, perplexity, disorganization, hotchpotch, hodgepodge (U.S.), pig's breakfast (informal), fankle (Scot.) My thoughts are all in a muddle.
verb
1. jumble, confuse, disorder, scramble, tangle, mix up, make a mess of Already some people have begun to muddle the two names.
2. confuse, bewilder, daze, confound, perplex, disorient, stupefy, befuddle She felt muddled, and a wave of dizziness swept over her.
muddle along or through scrape by, make it, manage, cope, get along, get by (informal), manage somehow We will muddle through and just play it day by day.

muddle

verb
2. To put into total disorder:
Slang: snafu.
3. To cause to be unclear in mind or intent:
Informal: throw.
Idiom: make one's head reel.
4. To harm irreparably through inept handling; make a mess:
Informal: bollix up, muck up.
Idiom: make a muck of.
5. To proceed or perform in an unsteady, faltering manner:
phrasal verb
muddle through
To progress or perform adequately, especially in difficult circumstances:
Informal: make out.
Idioms: make do, make shift.
noun
Translations
إرْتِباك، تَشْويشتَشَوُّشٌيُرْبِك، يُشَوِّش التَّفْكير
nepořádeksmíchatspléstzmatek
virvarforkludreforvirre
sotku
zbrka
ruglaruglingur
混乱状態
뒤죽박죽
jauktijovalynėnesugebantis aiškiai galvotipo truputį stumtissujauktas
juceklisnekārtībasajauktsaputrot
neredzmešatizmešnjavazmesti
röra
ความไม่เป็นระเบียบ
aklını karıştırmakkargaşakarışıklık
tình trạng lộn xộn

muddle

[ˈmʌdl]
A. N (untidy) → desorden m, lío m; (= tricky situation) → lío m, follón m (Sp) ; (= mix-up) → confusión f
what a muddle! (looking at mess) → ¡qué desorden!, ¡qué lío!; (situation) → ¡qué lío!, ¡qué follón! (Sp)
there's been a muddle over the seatsha habido una confusión con las localidades
to be in a muddle [room, books] → estar en desorden, estar revuelto, estar hecho un desbarajuste; [person] → estar confuso, estar hecho un lío
the arrangements are all in a muddlehay un verdadero lío con los preparativos
to get into a muddle [things] → desordenarse, revolverse; [person] → hacerse un lío
to get sth into a muddledesordenar algo, revolver algo
B. VT (also muddle up)
1. (= jumble) [+ photos, papers] → revolver, desordenar
you've muddled (up) all my papers!¡has revuelto or desordenado todos mis papeles!
she'd got all the papers muddled (up)había revuelto todos los papeles
to get muddled (up) [things] → desordenarse, revolverse
2. (= confuse) [+ person, details] → confundir
to get muddled (up) [person] → confundirse, hacerse un lío, liarse
see also muddle up
muddle along VI + ADVarreglárselas de alguna manera, ir tirando
muddle on VIhacer las cosas al tuntún
muddle through VI + ADVarreglárselas de alguna manera, ir tirando
I expect we shall muddle throughespero que lo logremos de algún modo u otro
muddle up VT + ADV
1. (= jumble)
see muddle B1
2. (= confuse) I kept getting my words muddled upno hacía más que confundirme al hablar
the copies had got muddled up with the original documentslas copias se habían mezclado or confundido con los documentos originales
you're getting me muddled up with the other Julieme estás confundiendo con la otra Julie
see also muddle B2

muddle

[ˈmʌdəl]
n
(= confused situation) → pagaille f
The whole thing is a muddle → C'est la pagaille la plus complète.
No one could sort out the muddle of her finances → Personne ne parvenait à éclaircir ses finances, c'était la pagaille.
a financial muddle → un imbroglio financier
to be in a muddle [person] → ne plus savoir où l'on en est
I'm in a muddle about the dates → Je ne sais plus où j'en suis avec les dates.
to be in a muddle about how ... → ne plus savoir comment ...
Most of us are in a muddle about what and how to eat → La plupart d'entre nous ne savent plus que manger ni comment manger.
to get in a muddle [person] (= get confused) → s'embrouiller
to get in a muddle about sth → s'embrouiller dans qch
(= disorder) → désordre m, fouillis m
to be in a muddle [things] → être en désordre
The photos are in a muddle → Les photos sont en désordre.
My notes have got in a muddle → Mes notes sont en désordre.
vt
(= confuse) → brouiller, embrouiller
muddle along
vialler son chemin tant bien que mal
muddle through
vise débrouiller
muddle up
vt sep
(= get into a mess) [+ things] → mettre en désordre
(= confuse) [+ names, people] → confondre
to muddle up sb with sb → confondre qn avec qn
He muddles me up with my sister → Il me confond avec ma sœur.
to get muddled up → s'embrouiller
I'm getting muddled up → Je m'embrouille.
to muddle up sth with sth → confondre qch avec qch

muddle

nDurcheinander nt; to get in(to) a muddle (things) → durcheinandergeraten; (person) → konfus werden; to get oneself in(to) a muddle over somethingmit etw nicht klarkommen (inf); how did things get into such a muddle?wie ist denn dieses Durcheinander entstanden?; to be in a muddlevöllig durcheinander sein; this room is (in) a real muddlein diesem Zimmer herrscht ein einziges Durcheinander; her office was a muddle of files and papersin ihrem Büro lagen Akten und Papiere wild durcheinander; to make a muddle of somethingetw völlig durcheinanderbringen
vtdurcheinanderbringen; two things or people alsoverwechseln; (= make confused) personverwirren, durcheinanderbringen; you’re only muddling the issuedu machst die Sache nur verworrener

muddle

[ˈmʌdl]
1. n (perplexity) → confusione f; (disorder) → disordine m
to be in a muddle (room, books) → essere in disordine (person) → essere molto confuso/a, non riuscire a raccapezzarsi (plan, arrangements) → essere per aria
to get into a muddle (person, while explaining) → imbrogliarsi, fare confusione (things) → finire sottosopra
there's been a muddle over the seats → è successo un pasticcio con i posti
2. vt (also muddle up)
a. (papers) → mettere sottosopra
you've muddled up A and B → hai confuso A con B
b. (person, story, details) → confondere
muddle along muddle on vi + advandare avanti a casaccio
muddle through vi + advcavarsela alla meno peggio

muddle

(ˈmadl) verb
to confuse or mix up. Don't talk while I'm counting, or you'll muddle me.
noun
a state of confusion. These papers keep getting in a muddle.
ˈmuddled adjective
muddled thinking.
ˈmuddle-headed adjective
incapable of clear thinking. Men think that all women are muddle-headed.
muddle along/through
to progress in spite of one's unsatisfactory methods and foolish mistakes.
muddle up
to confuse (eg two different things). I'm always muddling the twins up; I've muddled up these book orders.

muddle

تَشَوُّشٌ nepořádek virvar Durcheinander ανακατωσούρα enredo sotku pagaille zbrka disordine 混乱状態 뒤죽박죽 verwarring rot zamieszanie desordem путаница röra ความไม่เป็นระเบียบ kargaşa tình trạng lộn xộn 困惑
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You'll give me your advice if I get in a muddle, won't you?
The father talked of his life and advised the daughter to avoid being led into another such muddle.
A nice muddle their slates'll be in before the trial's over
The bureaucratic muddle, so it seems, is to continue indefinitely.
To be sure that about not letting my nails grow, and marrying again if I have the chance, will not slip out of my head; but all that other hash, muddle, and jumble- I don't and can't recollect any more of it than of last year's clouds; so it must be given me in writing; for though I can't either read or write, I'll give it to my confessor, to drive it into me and remind me of it whenever it is necessary.
The regiment, involved like a cart involved in mud and muddle, started unevenly with many jolts and jerks.
Babcock's tender conscience seemed to him a capital farce, and his traveling back to Milan only to get into a deeper muddle appeared, as the reward of his pedantry, exquisitely and ludicrously just.
She trundled off on her wheel like a brown bee, while Sophie--heaven above and earth beneath changed--walked stiffly home, to fall over George at his letters, in a muddle of laughter and tears.
This going to hunt up her shiftless husband at the inn was one of Mrs Durbeyfield's still extant enjoyments in the muck and muddle of rearing children.
Instead of the sturdy establishment in prejudice of Bert's grandfather, to whom the word "Frenchified" was the ultimate term of contempt, there flowed through Bert's brain a squittering succession of thinly violent ideas about German competition, about the Yellow Danger, about the Black Peril, about the White Man's Burthen--that is to say, Bert's preposterous right to muddle further the naturally very muddled politics of the entirely similar little cads to himself (except for a smear of brown) who smoked cigarettes and rode bicycles in Buluwayo, Kingston (Jamaica), or Bombay.
On the other hand, the man who wound it up thinks the whole cause of the muddle rests with the man who is trying to unwind it.
Had the Russian army been alone without any allies, it might perhaps have been a long time before this consciousness of mismanagement became a general conviction, but as it was, the disorder was readily and naturally attributed to the stupid Germans, and everyone was convinced that a dangerous muddle had been occasioned by the sausage eaters.