Posted by Debbie on May 06, 2002
In Reply to: Mudroom posted by R. Berg on May 06, 2002
: : : : : : There seem to be a number of Americans contributing to this forum (I'm English). I wonder if one of you helpful people can tell me if the word "mudroom" is a normal American word, and what it means. It appears in the novel I'm currently reading (Some Things That Stay by Sarah Willis) and as far as I can make out it is a room off the kitchen where you might take your muddy boots off - in which case the nearest word we have might be "utility room". But it's not in any dictionary I've looked in so I wonder how much of a current word it is.
: : : : : : Armorel
: : : : : Yes, it's a common word. I believe it's a modern term. Mudroom means a room where people take off their muddy boots, hang up coats, put school books, etc., on a shelf.
: : : : I couldn't find "mudroom" in my references. It's a middle class/upper middle class type of thing. Poor folks just have to put up with mud being tracked in the house.
: : : You couldn't find "mudroom" in your references!?
: : : Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary gives:
: : : Main Entry: mud·room
: : : Pronunciation: 'm&d-"rüm, -"rum
: : : Function: noun
: : : Date: circa 1950
: : : : a room in a house designed especially for the shedding of dirty or wet footwear and clothing and located typically off the kitchen or in the basement
: : : The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth Edition) defines "mudroom" as "A small room or entryway in a house where wet or muddy footwear and clothing can be removed."
: : : See also LivingHome at
: : : http://www.livinghome.com/news/remodeling/195-15.html
: : I never thought of looking in the dictionary.
: I did, and Amer. Heritage, 1969 ed., didn't have it.
I never heard this word until we moved from Florida to Chicago. And it's not in my Webster's II new College Dictionary.