\ 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 murky (audio) \ adverb
murkiness \ ˈmər-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce murky (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 Bass fishing remains spotty with murky water and high current flow, but some big fish are being caught by those who locate bedding fish. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Alabama fishing report," 23 Apr. 2021 The full details of the plan being considered at the White House, as Bloomberg set it forth, are murky. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Biden wants to hike the capital gains tax. The wealthy will fight him to the death," 22 Apr. 2021 The fate of that new school funding formula, which would be phased in over six years, is murky. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "Ohio budget: House poised to pass income tax cut, school funding overhaul," 21 Apr. 2021 As a result, territorial boundaries are often murky and clashes with outsiders here are frequent. Neil Giardino, ABC News, "Narco violence surge in Peru's Amazon sends Indigenous leader into hiding," 21 Apr. 2021 Homes, roads and buildings under murky water and debris, and people traversing through high, fast-moving currents to get to safety are some of images in a video on a GoFundMe page started by a group of Lake County residents who hail from Honduras. Yadira Sanchez Olson,, "Lake County group collecting money, goods for Central America hurricane relief," 20 Nov. 2020 However, while some of the ponds were filled with murky water and had water pumping into them, others were almost dry. Rafael Carranza, The Arizona Republic, "'Planning for the worst': Groundwater pumping for border wall construction threatens border refuge," 21 Aug. 2020 Drain the murky water, then throw your towels or sheets through a rinse-only cycle in your washing machine. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Laundry Stripping, and Does It Work? A Cleaning Expert Explains the Viral Soaking Method," 19 Aug. 2020 Over the weekend, Rivera's mother and brother visited the search site as the Ventura County Sheriff's Department continued to use sonar technology to comb through the murky water and looked through surrounding buildings and shores. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Body found at California lake where 'Glee' actress Naya Rivera presumably drowned," 13 July 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 10 May. 2021.

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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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