\ 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 From Lake Guntersville, Captain Mike Carter reports good action on bass as the water has come up and gotten a bit murky, with a good bite on the flats on swimjigs and bladed jigs. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: What’s being caught on Alabama waters?," 29 Nov. 2019 Coach Kyle Shanahan seemed to rule Kittle out during his Wednesday conference call with Arizona reporters, but quickly rescinded that, making Kittle's status a little murky. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "George Kittle's status for 49ers uncertain; Patrick Peterson plans to play for Cardinals," 14 Nov. 2019 The history of saunas is a little murky, but the general consensus seems to be that the Finns created the first sauna some 2,000 years ago for bathing and staying warm during bitter winters. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "A Home Sauna Is the Best Gift You Will Ever Give Yourself," 18 Oct. 2019 The upshot of the film is a little murky, which is the risk of such a diffuse, dialectical approach, and certain details could be clearer. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "Review: ‘Spiral’ Chronicles the Impact of Prejudice on Everyday Lives," 21 June 2018 Everything Is Love finds the billionaire duo distilling the essence of their archetypal relationship in a set of duets that feels intended as a statement — though what that statement is still feels a little murky. Jonny Coleman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Beyonce Makes Jay-Z Better on Surprise Couples-Therapy Album 'Everything Is Love'," 18 June 2018 But the definition of the rule may be a little murky, said Mark Hall, a professor at the Wake Forest University School of Law, who studied the state laws in 2004. Reed Abelson,, "Insurer criticized as it resists paying for ‘avoidable’ ER visits," 19 May 2018 Isabel dos Santos, Africa's richest woman worth a reported $2 billion, is under increasing scrutiny over a series of murky deals that have affected her business empire and sparked a corruption investigation into her financial dealings in Angola. Fox News, "Isabel dos Santos, Africa's richest woman: 5 things to know," 24 Jan. 2020 The murky sauce, including soy sauce and mustard seeds, does the fish no favors. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "I want to cheer for Pom Pom. But it’s complicated.," 22 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 18 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce murky (audio)

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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