\ 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.

Other Words from murky

murkily \ ˈmər-​kə-​lē How to pronounce murky (audio) \ adverb
murkiness \ ˈmər-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce murky (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 The absence of the holiday kiss only further obscures the murky boundaries of Bobbi and Frances’ relationship. Keely Weiss, ELLE, 16 May 2022 The WAGs have also fueled a particularly murky new chapter in the U.K. tabloid press, where the miserable practice of phone hacking gave way to everybody sharing everything all the time on social media and the papers just reporting that. Raven Smith, Vogue, 12 May 2022 In her 52-page ruling, Rosenbluth acknowledged the murky nature of the case but said the government had established probable cause to believe that the group who entered the embassy that day committed crimes there. Rich Schapiro, NBC News, 10 May 2022 But the contours of a Russian loss remain as murky as a Ukrainian victory. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 The boxy shape of a vehicle looms out of the murky greenness. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 7 May 2022 With no corporate taxes, murky disclosure rules and close connections to the U.K., the British Virgin Islands were a popular destination for wealthy individuals and international companies wanting to minimize their tax burden. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 6 May 2022 An unidentified buyer has a murky financial interest in the sale and, if outbid, gets compensation from the auction house for putting up the irrevocable bid in the first place. Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2022 The question of who owns the artifacts gets a little murky. CBS News, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for murky


\ 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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