Muddy vs Grimy - What's the difference?

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Muddy is a related term of grimy.

As adjectives the difference between muddy and grimy

is that muddy is covered with or full of mud or wet soil while grimy is stained, or covered with grime.

As a verb muddy

is to get mud on (something).




  • Covered with or full of mud or wet soil.
  • He slogged across the muddy field.
    Take off your muddy boots before you come inside.
  • With mud or other sediment brought into suspension, turbid.
  • The previously limpid water was now muddy as a result of the epic struggle.
  • Not clear; mixed up or blurry.
  • The picture is decent, but the sound is muddy.
  • Confused; stupid; incoherent; vague.
  • * Burke
  • cold hearts and muddy understandings
  • * Shakespeare
  • dost think I am so muddy , so unsettled
  • (euphemistic) Soiled with feces.
  • Verb

  • To get mud on (something).
  • If you muddy your shoes don't wear them inside.
  • To make a mess of, or create confusion with regard to; to muddle.
  • The discussion only muddied their understanding of the subject.
  • * 2014 , Steve Rose, " Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: a primate scream - first look review", The Guardian , 1 July 2014:
  • As the humans establish tentative bonds with their evolutionary cousins, the inter-species waters start to muddy .




  • Stained, or covered with grime.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=Then came a maid with hand-bag and shawls, and after her a tall young lady. She stood for a moment holding her skirt above the grimy steps,
  • (music) From the urban musical genre called grime.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2009, date=November 27, work=BBC
  • , title= Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Child has 'best guitar riff' , passage=Riffs from older songs seem to be more popular, as only two from the past decade made it into the top 20. They were Muse's Plug In Baby, at 11, and The White Stripes' grimy Seven Nation Army at 15. }}