[ mur-kee ]
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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.

  1. (of liquid) not clear; cloudy with or as if with sediment.

  2. not clearly expressed; vague; unclear; confused: a murky statement.

Origin of murky

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English mirky; see origin at murk, -y1
  • Sometimes mirk·y .

synonym study For murky

1. See dark.

Other words for murky

Opposites for murky

Other words from murky

  • murk·i·ly, adverb
  • murk·i·ness, noun

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How to use murky in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for murky



/ (ˈmɜːkɪ) /

adjectivemurkier, murkiest, mirkier or mirkiest
  1. gloomy or dark

  2. cloudy or impenetrable as with smoke or fog

Derived forms of murky

  • murkily or mirkily, adverb
  • murkiness or mirkiness, noun

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