murky

or mirk·y

[ mur-kee ]
/ ˈmɜr ki /

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.

Nearby words

  1. murine,
  2. murine opossum,
  3. murine typhus,
  4. murjite,
  5. murk,
  6. murman coast,
  7. murmansk,
  8. murmur,
  9. murmuration,
  10. murmuring

Origin of murky

First recorded in 1300–50, murky is from the Middle English word mirky. See murk, -y1

SYNONYMS FOR murky
1. See dark. 2. cloudy, dusky, lowering, misty, hazy.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for murky

murky

mirky

/ (ˈmɜːkɪ) /

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

murky

adj.

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

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