Muddle vs Nuddle - What's the difference?

muddle | nuddle |

As verbs the difference between muddle and nuddle

is that muddle is to mix together, to mix up; to confuse while nuddle is (uk|dialect) to walk quickly with the head bent forward.

As a noun muddle

is a mixture; a confusion; a garble.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • To mix together, to mix up; to confuse.
  • Young children tend to muddle their words.
  • To mash slightly for use in a cocktail.
  • He muddled the mint sprigs in the bottom of the glass.
  • To dabble in mud.
  • (Jonathan Swift)
  • To make turbid or muddy.
  • * L'Estrange
  • He did ill to muddle the water.
  • To think and act in a confused, aimless way.
  • To cloud or stupefy; to render stupid with liquor; to intoxicate partially.
  • * Bentley
  • Their old master Epicurus seems to have had his brains so muddled and confounded with them, that he scarce ever kept in the right way.
  • * Arbuthnot
  • often drunk, always muddled
  • To waste or misuse, as one does who is stupid or intoxicated.
  • * Hazlitt
  • They muddle it [money] away without method or object, and without having anything to show for it.

    Derived terms

    * muddler (agent noun) * muddle along * muddle through * muddle up


    (en noun)
  • A mixture; a confusion; a garble.
  • The muddle of nervous speech he uttered did not have much meaning.

    Derived terms

    * muddle-headed



    Alternative forms

    * nudle


  • (UK, dialect) To walk quickly with the head bent forward.
  • Usage notes

    * Often used with (along). (Webster 1913)