Mud·dle v. t. [imp. & p. p. Muddled p. pr. & vb. n. Muddling ]
1. To make turbid, or muddy, as water. [Obs.]
He did ill to muddle the water. --L'Estrange.
2. To cloud or stupefy; to render stupid with liquor; to intoxicate partially.
Epicurus seems to have had brains so muddled and confounded, that he scarce ever kept in the right way. --Bentley.
Often drunk, always muddled. --Arbuthnot.
3. To waste or misuse, as one does who is stupid or intoxicated. [R.]
They muddle it [money] away without method or object, and without having anything to show for it. --Hazlitt.
4. To mix confusedly; to confuse; to make a mess of; as, to muddle matters; also, to perplex; to mystify.