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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At the end of the school year, basically all of our trash, including some larger pieces of the citrus peel, was still fully intact and the landfill run-off was a murky brown at the bottom of the container. Teen Vogue, "Environmental Science Is Crucial to Combat Climate Change — So Why Isn't It a Mandatory Class?," 29 Apr. 2019 There are analysts in the murky world of 2019 mock drafting already pegging him to rise to No. Conor Orr, SI.com, "An NFL Fan’s Viewing Guide to the 2019 College Football Season," 13 July 2018 And here’s where things start to get murky in the booming semipermanent-makeup space. Monica Corcoran Harel, Marie Claire, "What Is Cosmetic Tattooing? Read This Before You Get One," 29 Mar. 2019 From there, as the majority of the reviews (rather mixed) have pointed out, the story line gets a little murky. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Suspira’s Costume Designer on Making Dresses Out of Hair and Redefining ’70s Style as Something Chicly Horrifying," 23 Oct. 2018 Answering why the water was especially warm there is where things get murky. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What pushed 2017’s Atlantic hurricane season into overdrive?," 28 Sep. 2018 That process gets murkier, though, at least from the outside. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Here’s why Facebook suspended Alex Jones but not Infowars," 28 July 2018 The well isn't used for the visible, murky water deep below, of course. Roxanne Washington, cleveland.com, "Cool Spaces: Renovated Ohio City home has 'intriguing' indoor well: photos, video," 24 Jan. 2018 Results of the March 24 poll have been murky for weeks amid reports that some 5% of total ballots were invalidated, among other irregularities. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Democracy Dwindles in Thailand," 4 Apr. 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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