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murky

or mirky

[mur-kee] /ˈmɜr ki/
adjective, murkier, murkiest.
1.
dark, gloomy, and cheerless.
2.
obscure or thick with mist, haze, etc., as the air.
3.
vague; unclear; confused:
a murky statement.
Origin of murky
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English mirky. See murk, -y1
Related forms
murkily, adverb
murkiness, noun
Synonyms
1. See dark. 2. cloudy, dusky, lowering, misty, hazy.
Antonyms
1, 2. bright, clear.
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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
  • "I think he'll win," said Morgan, drily, looking meaningly at the murky sky.

    Trail's End George W. Ogden
  • 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
  • The inclosure was shrouded in the murky gray gloom of twilight.

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • It was a narrow lane of murky, impenetrable water, shaded now by the forest wall.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for murky

murky

/ˈmɜːkɪ/
adjective murkier, murkiest, mirkier, mirkiest
1.
gloomy or dark
2.
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
adj.

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

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