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[mur-kee] /ˈmɜr ki/
adjective, murkier, murkiest.
dark, gloomy, and cheerless.
obscure or thick with mist, haze, etc., as the air.
vague; unclear; confused:
a murky statement.
Also, mirky.
1300-50; Middle English mirky. See murk, -y1
Related forms
murkily, adverb
murkiness, noun
1. See dark. 2. cloudy, dusky, lowering, misty, hazy.
1, 2. bright, clear. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for murkier


adjective murkier, murkiest, mirkier, mirkiest
gloomy or dark
cloudy or impenetrable as with smoke or fog
Derived Forms
murkily, mirkily, adverb
murkiness, mirkiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for murkier



mid-14c., from murk + -y (2). Rare before 17c. Related: Murkily; murkiness.

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