murky

adjective
\ 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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In some cases, like with eggplant, zucchini, or cucumber, the liquid that salt draws out is remnant of murky water and can go. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appétit, "This Trick Makes Tomatoes Even More Tomato-y," 24 July 2019 Fast-forward about 10 generations: The reefs have been virtually extinct for more than a century, and the murky waters garner many a comedic jabs from locals. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, "Eat Oysters in New York City to Help Clean Up the City’s Waterways," 20 July 2019 But last week Chance the Snapper wasn't interested in Bob's bait, evading capture as authorities had difficulty spotting it beneath the murky water. Meagan Flynn, Anchorage Daily News, "After days on the loose, alligator that shut down Chicago park is caught by Florida man," 16 July 2019 Rare footage released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) last week brought to life tales of aquatic monsters in murky waters. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Eerie video captures giant squid in the U.S. for the first time ever," 24 June 2019 So far, Candolin notes, the sloppier mating caused by murky waters isn't hurting stickleback populations in the Baltic. Elizabeth Preston, Science | AAAS, "A growing sensory smog threatens the ability of fish to communicate, navigate, and survive," 20 June 2019 Not bad for a program that last spring was entering murky recruiting waters under a brand new coaching staff forced to reckon with fallout from a nationwide FBI scandal. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball welcomes its star freshmen 'Super Six' to campus," 4 June 2019 The waters around the Farallon Islands are murky, and great whites have been seen escaping the area even when their adversaries were far beyond sight or hearing range. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "Orcas May Turn Great White Sharks into Scaredy Cats," 8 July 2019 Electroactive bacteria for hire Much about these microbes remains murky, and subject to debate. New York Times, "Wired Bacteria Form Nature’s Power Grid: ‘We Have an Electric Planet’," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of murky

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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murky

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of murky

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

murky

adjective
\ 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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