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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.
Origin of murky
First recorded in 1300-50, murky is from the Middle English word mirky. See murk, -y1
Related forms
murkily, adverb
murkiness, noun
1. See dark. 2. cloudy, dusky, lowering, misty, hazy.
1, 2. bright, clear. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In his supersensual way he had cared for her; and her nature, with all its murkiness, had responded to the supersensual appeal.

    The Creators May Sinclair
  • Will's devotion to me was the only ray of light in the murkiness of my spirit.

    My Actor-Husband Anonymous
  • They went outside to allow the murkiness to settle in the cabin, and Rick consulted his watch.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • After our past week of glorious sunshine, this return to murkiness is far from pleasing.

  • A haze began to hang over the river valley and a murkiness now and then took the place of the keen and clear atmosphere.

    On the Edge of the Arctic Harry Lincoln Sayler
  • Once more the tug took form, and the deck of the scow was revealed to the girl in all its murkiness.

    From the Valley of the Missing Grace Miller White
  • This had for a time been stirred into some degree of murkiness by the feet of those who pressed curiously about the sampan.

    The Red Miriok Anna M. Barnes
  • And Nina, with her murkiness, was manifestly in love with this spiritual, this mystical young man.

    The Creators May Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for murkiness


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 murkiness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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