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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.
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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  • But the bay's murky waters could obscure the views of submerged monuments.
  • With visibility almost zero in the murky water, fingers had to do the work of eyes.
  • Some look shiny in places and others are almost uniformly murky.
  • The sun had gone down and the dusk was growing murky.
  • The responsibilities of pharmacists in this regard are murky.
  • 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


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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