murky


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murk·y

 (mûr′kē)
adj. murk·i·er, murk·i·est
1. Dark or dim, as from mist: a murky sky. See Synonyms at dark.
2. Darkened, clouded, or blurry: murky waters; murky images.
3. Not clearly known, understood, or expressed: a murky future; the murky world of spies; murky writing.

murk′i·ly adv.
murk′i·ness n.

murky

(ˈmɜːkɪ) or

mirky

adj, murkier, murkiest, mirkier or mirkiest
1. gloomy or dark
2. cloudy or impenetrable as with smoke or fog
ˈmurkily, ˈmirkily adv
ˈmurkiness, ˈmirkiness n

murk•y

(ˈmɜr ki)

adj. murk•i•er, murk•i•est.
1. dark, gloomy, and cheerless.
2. obscure or thick, as with mist.
3. vague; unclear: a murky statement.
[1300–50]
murk′i•ly, adv.
murk′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.murky - (of liquids) clouded as with sediment; "a cloudy liquid"; "muddy coffee"; "murky waters"
opaque - not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight; "opaque windows of the jail"; "opaque to X-rays"
2.murky - dark or gloomy; "a murky dungeon"; "murky rooms lit by smoke-blackened lamps"
shaded - protected from heat and light with shade or shadow; "shaded avenues"; "o'er the shaded billows rushed the night"- Alexander Pope

murky

adjective
1. dark, gloomy, dismal, grey, dull, obscure, dim, dreary, cloudy, misty, impenetrable, foggy, overcast, dusky, nebulous, cheerless Their plane crashed in murky weather.
dark clear, bright, sunny, cheerful
2. dark, obscure, cloudy, impenetrable the deep, murky waters of Loch Ness
3. questionable, dark, secret, suspect, mysterious, suspicious, dubious, shady (informal) There has been a murky conspiracy to keep them out of power.

murky

also mirky
adjective
1. Deficient in brightness:
2. Lacking vividness in color:
3. Heavy, dark, or dense, especially with impurities:
4. Having sediment or foreign particles stirred up or suspended:
Translations

murky

[ˈmɜːkɪ] ADJ (murkier (compar) (murkiest (superl)))
1. (= dark and cloudy) [night, evening] → tenebroso, oscuro; [water] → turbio; [fog] → espeso; [brown, green] → sucio
2. (fig) [past] → turbio
the murky depths of Soviet politicslos turbios entresijos de la política soviética

murky

[ˈmɜːrki] adj
[place, day] → sombre, ténébreux/euse
[water, pond, river] → trouble; [depths] → obscur(e)
(= shady) [world, business, past] → trouble
(= unclear) a murky area → une zone d'ombre

murky

adj (+er)
(= gloomy)trüb; room, streetdüster, dunkel; nightfinster; skyverhangen, düster; watertrüb, schmutzig; fogdicht; outlineunscharf, unklar; murky brown/greentrüb-braun/-grün; it’s really murky outsidedraußen ist es so düster
(= shady) character, deedfinster; pastdunkel; the murky waters of politicsder Sumpf der Politik; that’s a pretty murky areadas ist eine ziemlich undurchsichtige Sache

murky

[ˈmɜːkɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (gen) → oscuro/a, cupo/a, tenebroso/a, buio/a; (thick, darkness) → fitto/a; (smoke) → denso/a (fig) → torbido/a
References in classic literature ?
The latter then disappeared entirely behind the murky veil, and the lower belt of cloud, at the same moment, lifted above the line of the horizon, which was again disclosed in a full blaze of daylight.
The small rain fell too softly to be heard in the garden; not a leaf stirred in the airless calm; the watch-dog was asleep, the cats were indoors; far or near, under the murky heaven, not a sound was stirring.
The air was thick and murky with the smoke of it; and this, combined with the violent movement of the ship as she struggled through the storm, would surely have made me sea-sick had I been a victim to that malady.
They descended the narrow steps which led into the crypt, and paused among the gloomy arches, in a dim and murky spot.
A murky red and yellow sky, and a rising mist from the Seine, denoted the approach of darkness.
After miles of outlying streets and little gloomy houses, they reached London itself, red and roaring and murky, with a thick dampness coming up from the river, that betokened fog again to-morrow.
The yellow glare from the shop-windows streamed out into the steamy, vaporous air, and threw a murky, shifting radiance across the crowded thoroughfare.
And through your devising we are come back again from the murky gloom and from our merciless bonds, enjoying what we looked not for, O lord, son of Cronos.
God willed, no doubt, to open to this elect the treasures of eternal beatitude, at this hour when other men tremble with the idea of being severely received by the Lord, and cling to this life they know, in the dread of the other life of which they get but merest glimpses by the dismal murky torch of death.
The atmosphere became dry and surcharged with murky vapor, parching to the skin, and irritating to the eyes.
Outside, away from the glow of the fire and the soft lamplight, the night was chill and murky. The Doctor doubled his old-fashioned cloak across his breast as he strode home through the darkness.
Do thou, therefore, O Rhadamanthus, who sittest in judgment with me in the murky caverns of Dis, as thou knowest all that the inscrutable fates have decreed touching the resuscitation of this damsel, announce and declare it at once, that the happiness we look forward to from her restoration be no longer deferred."