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adjective, mirk·i·er, mirk·i·est.
  1. murky.
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or mirk·y

adjective, murk·i·er, murk·i·est.
  1. dark, gloomy, and cheerless.
  2. obscure or thick with mist, haze, etc., as the air.
  3. vague; unclear; confused: a murky statement.
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Origin of murky

First recorded in 1300–50, murky is from the Middle English word mirky. See murk, -y1
Related formsmurk·i·ly, adverbmurk·i·ness, noun


1. See dark. 2. cloudy, dusky, lowering, misty, hazy.


1, 2. bright, clear.
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Examples from the Web for mirky

Historical Examples

  • Nought might he see her well-loved face; But he felt her lips in the mirky place.

    Poems by the Way

    William Morris

  • He thought I was mad because I stood in pyjamas without apparent heed of the mirky drizzle.

    The Amazing Argentine

    John Foster Fraser

  • It was a mirky night like this, with 'prentices gawpin' in the lanterns and Jack Ketch unsnarlin' his cursed ropes.

    Wappin' Wharf

    Charles S. Brooks

British Dictionary definitions for mirky



adjective murkier, murkiest, mirkier or mirkiest
  1. gloomy or dark
  2. cloudy or impenetrable as with smoke or fog
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Derived Formsmurkily or mirkily, adverbmurkiness or mirkiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mirky



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

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