adjective, mirk·i·er, mirk·i·est.

Nearby words

  1. miri,
  2. miriam,
  3. mirim,
  4. mirin,
  5. mirk,
  6. mirliton,
  7. miro,
  8. miromiro,
  9. mirren,
  10. mirror


or mirk·y


adjective, murk·i·er, murk·i·est.

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

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

1, 2. bright, clear.

Related formsmurk·i·ly, adverbmurk·i·ness, noun

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Examples from the Web for mirky

  • 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

gloomy or dark
cloudy or impenetrable as with smoke or fog
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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