Definition of mudhole in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmʌdhəʊl/


  • 1A hole containing mud or in which mud collects, especially one which forms a defect or obstacle in a road; specifically a hot mud spring.

  • 2A hole at the base of a boiler, condenser, etc., through which sediment can be removed.

  • 3 figurative A despised place; a place of filth and squalor.

  • 4A situation or factor that impedes progress or entraps a person.

    Typically used in the context of an extended metaphor.


Early 18th century. From mud + hole.