After the heavy rain falls, the mud becomes so wet that it sticks to your feet if you walk over it.

In Hindi it is called Keechad. What is the word for it in English?

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    Mud was the right word. – Pranab Dec 28 '15 at 14:51
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    I think you mixed up dirt and mud. Before it gets wet, it's dirt - after it gets wet, it's mud. And after it dries out again, it's usually just dry (or dried out) mud. – Luaan Dec 28 '15 at 19:52

I'd just call it mud. If you want to suggest that it is very wet and sticky, slime or muck would also work.

Since slime can also refer to other liquids besides mud, you could be even more specific by using the two-word phrase slimy mud.

Or if you want to emphasize the stickiness, call it sticky mud.

But this seems unnecessary to me because when we describe something as "mud", the default assumption is that it is not only dirty and wet, but also somewhat fluid and slimy. If it is dirty and wet, but solid and not slimy, we'd be more likely to describe it using other words than "mud," like "damp earth" or "wet ground" or "moist soil."

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    I'm not very sure, but I think "sodden mud" could work, too. ("Sodden mud" may have more water than "damp mud" in it, imho.) – Damkerng T. Dec 28 '15 at 13:53

Mud is indeed the correct word. If you want to be more specific, you need to add more words. For mud that builds up and sticks to your feet, I'd use things like:

Sticky mud.

Mud that sticks to your feet.

Mud that builds up on your feet.

And in conversation:

"Seriously, that mud stuck so much that it was like wearing platform shoes!"

(platform shoes are shoes with very thick soles, usually 1 - 4 inches)


"Keechad" translates exactly to Wet Dirt or Mud Slush or Muck

  • Dirt may not be the correct word since dirt is used for dirty things? Am I wrong? Often, if there is something dirty on the floor and I don't know what it is , I simply say it is dirt - It may or may not be wet mud. – autumn season Dec 28 '15 at 9:41
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    In AmE, dirt and slush have two very different meanings: dirt is the earthy stuff on the ground, usually dry; slush is wet stuff but usually made from snow, which I'm guessing doesn't happen much in India. Mud is wet dirt, the stuff that sticks to your feet and shoes, if it gets really deep then it's knee deep mud. – Peter Dec 28 '15 at 10:07

Muddy terrain (कीचड़) is not unique to India. I would use "a quagmire" to describe a challenging muddy condition.


There is no comparing word for keechad in English, because there is never any keechad in England.

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    Oh believe me, there is plenty of mud in England. – Chenmunka Jul 14 '16 at 13:17

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