Vol 5 . . . No 3 . . . November, 1995
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition provides the following definitions for "muck about" and "muck." These definitions are, of course, PWWW (Pre World Wide Web).
To spend time idly; putter. Chiefly British - phrasal verb.
muck up Informal.
To bungle, damage, or ruin.
[Middle English muk, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse myki, dung.]
- muck[[hungarumlaut]]ily adverb
- muck[[hungarumlaut]]y adjective
muck (mùk) noun
1. A moist, sticky mixture, especially of mud and filth.
2. Moist farmyard dung; manure.
3. Dark, fertile soil containing decaying vegetable matter.
4. Something filthy or disgusting.
5. Earth, rocks, or clay excavated in mining.
mucked, mucking, mucks
1. To fertilize with manure or compost.
2. To make dirty with or as if with muck.
3. To remove muck or dirt from (a mine, for example).
From the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition in Microsoft BookShelf.
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