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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.