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ˈmɜr kimurky

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cloudy, muddy, mirky, murky, turbidadjective

    (of liquids) clouded as with sediment

    "a cloudy liquid"; "muddy coffee"; "murky waters"

  2. murky, mirkyadjective

    dark or gloomy

    "a murky dungeon"; "murky rooms lit by smoke-blackened lamps"


  1. Murkyadjective

    Obscured by haze or mist; clouded; turbid; as, poor visibility in the murky water.


  1. murkyadjective

    Hard to see through, as a fog or mist.

  2. murkyadjective

    Gloomy, dark, dim.

  3. murkyadjective

    Obscure, indistinct, cloudy.

  4. murkyadjective

    Dishonest, shady.

  5. Etymology: Cognate to or directly from myrkr. Compare Russian, Serbian мрак.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Murkyadjective

    Dark; cloudy; wanting light.

    Etymology: morck, Danish.

    The murkiest den,
    The most opportune place, the strong’st suggestion
    Shall never melt mine honour into lust. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    So scented the grim feature, and up-turn’d
    His nostrils wide into the murky air,
    Sagacious of his quarry. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    A murky storm deep low’ring o’er our heads
    Hung imminent, that with impervious gloom
    Oppos’d itself to Cynthia’s silver ray. Addison.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Murky

    dark; obscure; gloomy

  2. Etymology: [OE. mirke, merke, AS. myrce, mirce; akin to Icel. myrkr, Dan. & Sw. mrk.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Murky

    murk′i, adj. dark: obscure: gloomy.—adv. Murk′ily.—n. Murk′iness—(Shak.) Murk.—adjs. Murk′some, Mirk′some (Spens.), darksome. [A.S. murc; Ice. myrkr, Dan. and Sw. mörk.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of murky in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of murky in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of murky in a Sentence

  1. Matthew McConaughey:

    You know, where I start and where he ends, and where he starts and I end, has always been like a murky line, and that’s part of our bromance, right? My kids call him Uncle Woody. His kids call me Uncle Matthew etc etc. And you see pictures of us and my family thinks a lot of pictures of him are me. His family thinks a lot of pictures of me are him.

  2. Dusty Johnson:

    I think the path forward looks incredibly murky. I wouldn't even try to hazard a guess, what we know is that the ‘Squad,’ these folks are legislative terrorists, they love to take hostages.

  3. Skokie Fire Chief Jim Walters:

    I mean it’s murky, it’s murky all the way through, I was told the visibility is about three feet, we encountering the brush on the side of the canal that makes it difficult.

  4. Richard Noriega:

    It is very murky.

  5. Bryden Teich:

    A year out, the fundamentals for the potash market still look murky.

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. ostensive
    • B. sesquipedalian
    • C. askant
    • D. naiant

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