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Princeton's WordNet

  1. potato, white potato, Irish potato, murphy, spud, taternoun

    an edible tuber native to South America; a staple food of Ireland


  1. Murphynoun

    An Irish or white potato.

  2. Murphynoun

    in occasional use, transferred from the surname.

  3. Murphynoun

    A common Irish surname, the anglicized form of Irish Ó Murchadha

    After a long talk between these two, and a little broken English from the Frenchmen, our visitors took leave; but Father Murphy had hardly gone a dozen rods when back he came, inquiring whether we were in want of anything.

  4. Murphynoun

    A unisex given name transferred from the surname, of occasional usage.

    Sonja made me promise I would go to college. She said she'd wanted her daughter, Murphy, to go. She'd named her baby Murphy because it could never be a stripper name. But her daughter had changed her name to London.

  5. Murphynoun

    A census-designated place, the county seat of Owyhee County, Idaho, United States.

  6. Murphynoun

    A town, the county seat of Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States.


  1. Murphy

    Murphy () (Irish: Ó Murchú) is an Irish surname and the most common surname in the Republic of Ireland.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Murphynoun

    a potato


  1. Murphy

    Murphy is the county seat and largest city of Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States. It is situated at the confluence of the Hiwassee and Valley Rivers. It is the westernmost county seat in the state of North Carolina, approximately 360 miles from the state capital in Raleigh.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Murphy

    mur′fi, n. (coll.) a potato:—pl. Mur′phies (-fiz). [From the common Irish name Murphy.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Murphy is ranked #64 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Murphy surname appeared 308,417 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 105 would have the surname Murphy.

    83.1% or 256,325 total occurrences were White.
    11.5% or 35,560 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 7,217 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 5,428 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 2,097 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 1,789 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Murphy in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Murphy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Murphy in a Sentence

  1. Senator Paul:

    We have worked with( Connecticut Democratic Sen.) Chris Murphy twice to have votes, the first time we got 20-something votes. Last time we got I think 44 votes. So, I think if we could get another vote I think we could block them. But as you know, in the Senate, most times you're blocked from having a vote.

  2. Norm Macdonald:

    He will not kick a man when he is down, eddie Murphy, I realize, is not like the rest of us. Eddie does not need the laughs.

  3. Illinois Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley:

    Last April, I asked the GSA administrator under oath whether the President or anyone at the White House was involved in the discussions on this decision about the FBI building, general Services Administrator Emily Murphy said no. The inspector general said that General Services Administrator Emily Murphy misled us. I suppose that's a DC euphemism for a lie. So I'd like General Services Administrator Emily Murphy to come back before my subcommittee and answer that question accurately.

  4. Brett Kavanaugh:

    In sum, this court's stay in Murphy's case was appropriate, and the stay facilitated a prompt fix to the religious equality problem in Texas' execution protocol.

  5. Erin Perrine:

    Governor DeSantis is a proven champion of our Constitutional right to bear arms and took action as governor to strengthen and affirm the Second Amendment, including signing constitutional carry legislation into law this month, donald Trump made promises to NRA members when he ran for office, but then as president, he caved to pressure from the Washington establishment, liberal media, and gun-grabbing Democrats and attacked the NRA, siding with liberal Democrat Senators like Chris Murphy and Dianne Feinstein in support of their gun control legislation.

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    applied to a fish depicted horizontally
    • A. sesquipedalian
    • B. naiant
    • C. numinous
    • D. askant

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