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1 a confused multitude of things [syn: clutter, jumble, mare's nest, welter, smother]
2 informal terms for a difficult situation; "he got into a terrible fix"; "he made a muddle of his marriage" [syn: fix, hole, jam, mess, pickle, kettle of fish]


1 make into a puddle; "puddled mire" [syn: puddle]
2 mix up or confuse; "He muddled the issues" [syn: addle, puddle]

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  1. To mix together, to mix up; to confuse.
    The tiny speakers tend to muddle the words.


To mix together, to mix up; to confuse


  1. A mixture; a confusion; a garble.
    The muddle of nervous speech he uttered did not have much meaning.


A mixture; a confusion; a garble

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Extensive Definition

Mr. Muddle is the twenty-third book in the Mr. Men series by Roger Hargreaves.


Mr. Muddle gets the simplest things messed up. He lives in a house by the sea in Seatown. He was supposed to live in the country, but he, who built the house himself, built it wrong and in the wrong spot. One day he goes fishing with a fisherman named George and does the wrong things and they don't catch any fish. George's technique is to ask Mr. Muddle to do the opposite of what George wants, and Mr. Muddle will get it right. George gets everybody to do this, and Mr. Muddle goes home and cooks himself a muddled-up meal to celebrate.

International publications & translations

Mr. Muddle appears under the titles Monsieur Meli-Melo (French), Don Confuso (Spanish), Unser Herr Durcheinander (German), Ο Κύριος Μπερδεμένος (Greek), 엉망씨 (Korean), 糊塗先生 (Taiwan), Meneer Stuntel (Dutch).

List of characters

This is a list of Mr. Men, Little Miss and other special characters that appear in this book.
  • George
  • Mr. Brick
  • Mr. Black
  • Mrs. Scrub

Title character other appearances

This is a list of other books that the title character has appeared in.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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