\ˈmər-kē \
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 \-​kə-​lē \ adverb
murkiness \-​kē-​nəs \ 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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Credit: Bird Electric scooter hire company Bird is dipping a first toe into the murky waters of London as part of an ongoing expansion into Europe. James Vincent, The Verge, "Bird launches electric scooter pilot in London as part of ongoing European drive," 6 Nov. 2018 Giant squid and their even larger cousin, the colossal squid, have enormous eyes, measuring 10 inches in diameter, allowing them to see through the murky waters of the deepest parts of the ocean. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Monster squid goes viral after it washed up in New Zealand," 27 Aug. 2018 Developed by Mother Nature to help seals (the mammals, not the naval commandos) detect food in murky water, the method involves using the animal’s whiskers to detect movement in water left by a moving object. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Military Could Track Objects Underwater With Seal Whiskers," 13 Aug. 2018 Divers made the perilous, two-and-a-half mile journey through darkness, murky waters and narrow passages to reach the boys, huddled in a dry pocket with little food and water. Anna Werner, CBS News, "New video of Thai cave rescue shows just how close divers came to disaster," 11 July 2018 For parts of the nine-hour journey out of the cave the boys have worn scuba gear, swimming through murky water. Bo Emerson, ajc, "Cave rescuers in Southeast watch their Thai colleagues with admiration," 10 July 2018 None of the rescue options are ideal, but authorities appear to be swaying towards the idea of expert scuba divers guiding the boys and their coach through the murky cave waters to safety. NBC News, "Thailand soccer team rescue: Conditions now 'most suitable' but monsoon threatens," 7 July 2018 Hidden under the murky waters of one of South America’s busiest ports, divers have recently found a world beyond imagining. Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor, "When a healthy environment is good business," 4 June 2018 That was until the wind started whipping and brown murky water from the Patapsco River began rushing faster and faster down the street. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Freelance photographer's tweets chronicling Ellicott City storm go viral," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of murky

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \
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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