\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Further out, though, the outlook for inflation is murkier. The Economist, "Buttonwood What is the link between inflation and equity returns?," 28 May 2020 An already uncertain future for the XFL is now even murkier. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "XFL fires all employees, suspends operations after canceling 2020 season due to coronavirus," 10 Apr. 2020 But for travelers considering a trip in May or June — assuming travel restrictions aren’t extended — the logistics are murkier, with fluctuating and often less flexible rates and variable cancellation policies. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "How to Reserve a Hotel Room in a Pandemic," 10 Apr. 2020 At a population scale, the impacts of mask usage are still murkier. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Every expert opinion you’ve heard about wearing masks is right," 27 Mar. 2020 Boba, for example, is considered an authentic Taiwanese phenomenon, but its cultural origins are far murkier. TheWeek, "Colonialism's effect on how and what we eat," 8 Mar. 2020 That, Son said, means the Vision Fund’s stake is now worth $1.5 billion more than its investment, compared with $1 billion less at the end of December. The Vision Fund’s overall performance was murkier. Pavel Alpeyev, Fortune, "SoftBank founder opens door to working with tough activist investor after profit fall 99% short of estimates," 12 Feb. 2020 The upshot is that understanding how the Fed will set rates this year could be a bit murkier than in past years. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed’s 2020 Rate Outlook Clouded by Framework Review," 31 Jan. 2020 While re-signing Prescott in some form or fashion is almost assured, the outlook on re-signing Cooper and Jones appears to be murkier. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Four New Year’s resolutions for the Dallas Cowboys in 2020," 1 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of murky

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Murky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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