murky

or mirk·y

[mur-kee]

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

Synonyms for murky

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

Antonyms for murky

1, 2. bright, clear.
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murky

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 murky
adj.

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

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