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or mirk·y

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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


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


1, 2. bright, clear.
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dim, stormy, misty, muddy, dreary, cloudy, nebulous, dark, dismal, dirty, foggy, fuzzy, black, cheerless, dingy, drab, dull, dusk, dusky, filthy

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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 murky


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

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