- dark, gloomy, and cheerless.
- obscure or thick with mist, haze, etc., as the air.
- vague; unclear; confused: a murky statement.
Origin of murky
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1. See dark. 2. cloudy, dusky, lowering, misty, hazy.
1, 2. bright, clear.
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Examples from the Web for murky
I love The Affair for bravely reflecting back to us that murky grey area of not knowing.Why You’re Happily Married and Having an Affair
November 2, 2014
For decades, maybe centuries (the details are murky), some people in Mexico had been venerating a kind of sanctified death figure.America’s Fastest Growing Death Holiday Is From Mexico
November 1, 2014
What we found is a situation currently too murky to render a judgment.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: August 17
August 17, 2014
The possibilities are endless, and weirdly reassuring in these disjointed and murky times.Paging Rose Mary Woods: Obama’s Unbelievable Missing IRS Emails
June 18, 2014
The massacre has been transformed, without a shred of proof or evidence, into a shady skirmish in a murky secret war.Naming Europe’s New Anti-Semitism
June 10, 2014
A murky light fell here and there from the copper-coloured clouds.The Fortune of the Rougons
Our pursuer, overtaken by a sort of murky whirlwind, disappeared from our sight.The Mirror of the Sea
It was murky, but we needed no light for business like this.Dwellers in the Hills
Melville Davisson Post
The match flared to a point of brilliance in the murky gloom.
The day closed in a murky evening with a taste of smoke in the air.The Long Roll
- gloomy or dark
- cloudy or impenetrable as with smoke or fog
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Word Origin and History for murky
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