\ ˈmər-kē How to pronounce murky (audio) \
murkier; murkiest

Definition of murky

1 : characterized by a heavy dimness or obscurity caused by or like that caused by overhanging fog or smoke the murky bottom of the lake
2 : characterized by thickness and heaviness of air : foggy, misty rain poured down from murky skiesNewsweek
3 : darkly vague or obscure murky official rhetoric He offered a murky explanation.

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Other Words from murky

murkily \ ˈmər-​kə-​lē How to pronounce murkily (audio) \ adverb
murkiness \ ˈmər-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce murkiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of murky in a Sentence

She peered into one of the church's murky chapels. a politician with a murky past

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While smallmouths in the clear waters of the St. Lawrence are a long way from largemouths in the murky waters of Lake Guntersville, the lures and tactics work here as well as there. Frank Sargeant, al, "Should anglers use finesse lures for Alabama bass?," 1 Sep. 2019 Galveston is somewhat notorious for having murky, brown-colored water compared to other coastal cities. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Blue water returns to Galveston Island just in time for Labor Day weekend," 30 Aug. 2019 And the fish, at last check, was still swimming in the murky waters of the Danube. Denise Hruby, Los Angeles Times, "Craving for caviar is driving the Danube River’s sturgeon to extinction," 22 Aug. 2019 Now their prospects look murkier as European leaders try to determine whether there is a path forward without the United States. New York Times, "European Companies Rushed to Invest in Iran. What Now?," 9 May 2018 The future of Lanvin is looking increasingly murky. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Olivier Lapidus Is Exiting Lanvin After 2 Seasons," 22 Mar. 2018 In that sense, Van Gundy's long-term vision looks murky. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Blake Griffin good for Pistons in short term; questionable beyond that," 30 Jan. 2018 Elsewhere Paris Martineau delves into the murky world of Instagram influencers, in which popular creators promote products for $75,000 a pop without ever disclosing they have been paid. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Mark Zuckerberg became a wartime CEO," 20 Nov. 2018 In California’s murky world of super PACs, just because a group is supporting a candidate doesn’t always mean that’s who its money is promoting. John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, "How California political ads fool voters, while candidates keep hands clean," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of murky

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of murky

: very dark or foggy
of a liquid : not clear
: not clearly expressed or understood


\ ˈmər-kē How to pronounce murky (audio) \
murkier; murkiest

Kids Definition of murky

1 : very dark or foggy murky skies
2 : cloudy sense 2 murky water
3 : not clearly expressed or understood The details were murky and vague.— Lois Lowry, The Giver

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concealment of treason or felony

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