Murky Murk"y, a. [Compar. {Murkier}; superl. {Murkiest}.] [OE. mirke, merke, AS. myrce, mirce; akin to Icel. myrkr, Dan. & Sw. m["o]rk.] 1. Dark; gloomy. ``The murkiest den.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

A murky deep lowering o'er our heads. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

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

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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