murkier; murkiest
: characterized by a heavy dimness or obscurity caused by or like that caused by overhanging fog or smoke
the murky bottom of the lake
: characterized by thickness and heaviness of air : foggy, misty
rain poured down from murky skiesNewsweek
: darkly vague or obscure
murky official rhetoric
He offered a murky explanation.
murkily adverb
murkiness 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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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of murky was in the 14th century

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“Murky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


murkier; murkiest
: very dark or gloomy
: difficult to understand
a murky reply designed to confuse
murkiness noun

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