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murky

[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.
Also, mirky.
Origin
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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  • But the bay's murky waters could obscure the views of submerged monuments.
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  • Some look shiny in places and others are almost uniformly murky.
  • The sun had gone down and the dusk was growing murky.
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  • The details of the death remain murky.
  • And the program's aims are murky, the report continues.
  • But this time his unshapely pictures and narrative share a murky quality.
  • Equally striking is the murky color of the water itself.
  • What admissions officers and students take away from interviews is murky.
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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