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murky

Syllabification: murk·y
Pronunciation: /ˈmərkē
 
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Definition of murky in English:

adjective (murkier, murkiest)

1Dark and gloomy, especially due to thick mist: the sky was murky and a thin drizzle was falling
More example sentences
  • You breathe in and your lungs fill with a murky mist that threatens to choke the life right out of you.
  • Infrared is particularly effective for penetrating thick, murky regions of space and revealing what lies beyond.
  • The gravestones were barely seen through a thick layer of murky fog that encompassed everything it could get its claws around.
Synonyms
1.1(Of liquid) dark and dirty; not clear: the murky silt of a muddy pond
More example sentences
  • She is going with the kids and her mother and now the washing machine is broken, filled with dirty clothes and murky water.
  • North, midlands, or south, clear water or murky water, barbel are a great species.
  • The sharks were circling me slowly in the dark, murky water.
Synonyms
1.2Not fully explained or understood, especially with concealed dishonesty or immorality: the murky world of espionage
More example sentences
  • Among the many murky questions surrounding the killing is the mysterious background of the assailants.
  • The president hopes so, but the limited number of rulings and writings leaves that question murky.
  • The film's attitude to these questions is murky at best.
Synonyms
questionable, suspicious, suspect, dubious, dark, mysterious, secret
informal shady, sketchy

Derivatives

murkily

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • So we walk through the utterly captivating townlet of Chartres, with its cobbled lanes, old maisons, Italian style piazzas, haute shops and the Eure flowing gently, even a little murkily, at the base of the town.
  • But I stared, amazed by how thick the city's smog was, a brown cloud with only a few building spires murkily visible within it.
  • Like all debates the truth probably lies murkily in the middle.

murkiness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • The picture is reasonably sharp, though not reference quality, with some murkiness in the shadow detail being the chief complaint.
  • It resembles reality in the murkiness of the decisions and choices that the characters have to make, and the complexity of cause and effect.
  • Yet all this murkiness has not deterred advocates of sanctions from claiming absolute certainty on the issue.

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