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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.]
addled, muddled - Addled refers to mental confusion; muddled is anything confused or in a mess.
See also related terms for mess.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.muddled - confused and vaguemuddled - confused and vague; used especially of thinking; "muddleheaded ideas"; "your addled little brain"; "woolly thinking"; "woolly-headed ideas"
confused - mentally confused; unable to think with clarity or act intelligently; "the flood of questions left her bewildered and confused"

muddled

adjective
1. incoherent, confused, loose, vague, unclear, woolly, muddleheaded the muddled thinking of the Government's transport policy
incoherent clear, exact, precise
2. bewildered, confused, at sea, dazed, perplexed, disoriented, stupefied, befuddled I'm afraid I'm a little muddled. I don't know where to begin.
3. jumbled, confused, disordered, scrambled, tangled, chaotic, messy, mixed-up, disorganized, higgledy-piggledy (informal), disarrayed a muddled pile of historical manuscripts
jumbled organized, orderly, cut-and-dried (informal)
Translations
مُرْتَبِك، مُشَوَّش التَّفْكير
popletenýzmatený
ruglaîur

muddled

[ˈmʌdld] ADJ [account, explanation] → confuso, lioso; [ideas, article, thinking] → confuso, poco claro; [person] → confundido, liado
I'm afraid I'm a little muddledme temo que estoy un poco confundido, me temo que estoy un poco liado

muddled

[ˈmʌdəld] adj (= confused) [person] → perdu(e); [ideas, approach] → confus(e)muddle-headed [ˌmʌdəlˈhɛdɪd] adj [person] → brouillon; [plan, ideas] → confus

muddled

adjkonfus; person alsodurcheinander pred; thoughts, ideas alsoverworren, wirr; to get muddled (up) (things) → durcheinandergeraten; (person) → konfus werden; to be muddled about somethingverwirrt über etw (acc)sein; set out in a muddled wayziemlich konfus angelegt; he has a rather muddled way of doing thingser macht alles ziemlich kompliziert; in a muddled way it does make sensees ist zwar verworren, ergibt aber doch einen Sinn

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.
References in classic literature ?
It muddled her like wine, or like a first breath of freedom.
Do you want to go to doing different from what's in the books, and get things all muddled up?
And Aunt Sally and Benny they went to hugging and crying and kissing and smothering old Uncle Silas to that degree he was more muddled and confused and mushed up in his mind than he ever was before, and that is saying considerable.
Hast thou dared to harbour such gross and shameless thoughts in thy muddled imagination?
Montgomery followed with stumbling footsteps, his hands in his pockets, his face downcast; he was in a state of muddled sullenness with me on account of the brandy.
I knew that she would perhaps be muddled and not take it all in exactly, but I knew, too, that she would grasp the gist of it, very well indeed.
Danglars saw in the muddled look of the tailor the progress of his intoxication, and turning towards Fernand, said, "Well, you understand there is no need to kill him.
They would continue their senseless and muddled discourse in tones of profound friendship for half an hour or so at the shore end of our gangway, and then I would hear Mr.
It was just over two months since all this had happened, and he had thought so much about it that he seemed completely muddled as to its bearings, but still immensely impressed.
Apparently Rose had muddled them all up; and it was a long time before the figure was finished and sent to the Pavilion in a long basket to take on itself the robes and the hieratic pose of the Empress.
If he still advertised for his son he did not offer rewards for information any more; for, with the muddled lucidity of a mental derangement he had reasoned himself into a conviction as clear as day- light that he had already attained all that could be expected in that way.
He had indeed since that moment undergone an agitation so extraordinary that it might have muddled for him any earlier view; and he tried to convince himself that he might perhaps then have gone into the room and, inadvertently, automatically, on coming out, have drawn the door after him.