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English noun: muddle

1. muddle (state) a confused multitude of things

Synonymsclutter, fuddle, jumble, mare's nest, smother, welter

Broader (hypernym)disorder, disorderliness

Narrower (hyponym)rummage

2. muddle (state) informal terms for a difficult situation

SamplesHe got into a terrible fix.
He made a muddle of his marriage.

Synonymsfix, hole, jam, kettle of fish, mess, pickle

Broader (hypernym)difficulty

Narrower (hyponym)dog's breakfast, dog's dinner

English verb: muddle

1. muddle (contact) make into a puddle

SamplesPuddled mire.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)rile, roil

2. muddle (cognition) mix up or confuse

SamplesHe muddled the issues.

Synonymsaddle, puddle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)confuse, jumble, mix up

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