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or mirky

[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.
Origin of murky
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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  • That night a faint light shone through the murky clouds, and dimly illumined the grim battle-field.

    In the Track of the Troops R.M. Ballantyne
  • What would it do with sight, in the murky thickness of a tree-trunk?

  • He made a fortune in a murky town of Lancashire, and, thirsting for colour, came up to London determined to back a musical comedy.

    The Summons A.E.W. Mason
  • "I think he'll win," said Morgan, drily, looking meaningly at the murky sky.

    Trail's End George W. Ogden
  • It was a narrow lane of murky, impenetrable water, shaded now by the forest wall.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for murky


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 murky

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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