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EtymologyEdit

muddle +‎ -some

AdjectiveEdit

muddlesome (comparative more muddlesome, superlative most muddlesome)

  1. Characterised or marked by muddling; confusing, lacking in order; tending to muddle.
    • 1945, Lawrence Wolfe, The Reilly Plan: A New Way of Life, London: Nicholson & Watson, cited by George Orwell in a review published in Tribune, 25 January, 1946, in Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus (eds.), The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell, Volume IV, London: Secker & Warburg, 1968, p. 91,
      [] the abolition of the muddlesome, costly and wasteful apparatus of the kitchen
    • 1952, C. S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Collins, 1998, Chapter 10,
      Lucy peered at the pictures with her face close to the page, and though they had seemed crowded and muddlesome before, she found she could now see them quite clearly.
    • 1966, Alan Watts, The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, New York: Vintage, 1989, Chapter 5, p. 116, [1]
      Without this, all social concern will be muddlesome meddling, and all work for the future will be planned disaster.