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murk·y / ˈmərkē/ • adj. (murk·i·er , murk·i·est ) dark and gloomy, esp. due to thick mist: the sky was murky and a thin drizzle was falling. ∎  (of liquid) dark and dirty; not clear: the murky silt of a muddy pond. ∎  not fully explained or understood, esp. with concealed dishonesty or immorality: the murky world of espionage. DERIVATIVES: murk·i·ly adv. murk·i·ness n.