Synonyms of muddy
1 boggyDictionary • a muddy track
boggy • a green patch at the far end of a boggy field
swampy • the swampy lowlands of southern Tuscany
marshy • the broad, marshy plain of the river
2 dirtyDictionary • muddy boots
dirty • The woman had matted hair and dirty fingernails.
grimy • a grimy industrial city
mucky • The design means that you can't see the odd mucky mark.
clarty (Scottish, Northern England, dialect)
3 dullDictionary • The paper has turned a muddy colour.
dull • They can both be rather dull.
flat • Her voice was flat, with no hope in it.
blurred • blurred black and white photographs
dingy • He took me to his rather dingy office.
lustreless • Her lustreless eyes were sunk deep in her face.
4 cloudyDictionary • He was up to his armpits in muddy water.
cloudy • She could just barely see him through the cloudy water.
foul • foul, polluted water
opaque • The bathroom has an opaque glass window.
impure • They were warned against drinking the impure water from the stream.
5 confusedDictionary • Such muddy thinking is typical of those who have always had it easy.
confused • People are confused about what they should eat to stay healthy.
vague • Her description of her attacker was very vague.
muddled • the muddled thinking of the Government's transport policy
fuzzy • The border between science fact and science fiction gets a bit fuzzy.
woolly • It is no good setting vague, woolly goals - we need a specific aim.
hazy • I have only a hazy memory of what he was like.
indistinct • The lettering is fuzzy and indistinct.
1 smearDictionary • The clothes he was wearing were all muddied.
smear • a face covered by a heavy beard, smeared with dirt
soil • Young people don't want to do things that soil their hands.
dirty • He was afraid the dog's hairs might dirty the seats.
2 confuseDictionary • It's difficult enough without muddying the issue with religion.
confuse • His critics accused him of trying to confuse the issue.
cloud • Perhaps anger has clouded his vision.
obscure • the jargon that frequently obscures legal documents
blur • Scientists are trying to blur the distinction between these questions.
obfuscate (formal) • They are deliberately obfuscating the issue.
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befogto surround with fog
muddy the waters,
muddy the waters,
blurIf something blurs an idea or a distinction between things, that idea or distinction no longer seems clear.
• Scientists are trying to blur the distinction between these questions.
blurredWhen a thing blurs or when something blurs it, you cannot see it clearly because its edges are no longer distinct. (adjective)
• blurred black and white photographs
Thesaurus for muddy from the Collins English Thesaurus