Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A Murphy game.
  • n. Slang A potato.
  • Murphy, William Parry 1892-1987. American physician. He shared a 1934 Nobel Prize for discovering that a diet of liver relieves anemia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A common Irish surname, the Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Murchadha
  • proper n. A male given name in occasional use, transferred from the surname.
  • n. An Irish or white potato.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A potato.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A potato.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an edible tuber native to South America; a staple food of Ireland

Etymologies

From Murphy, a common Irish name.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • ROYCE MURPHY: Huckabee Commuted Sentence, Murphy Was Freed.

    12/05/2007

  • William Murphy came up with the wall-bed concept at the turn of the 20th century, according to Matthew Lahn , general manager of Murphy Bed Co., which calls itself the "original Murphy Bed Company," although any manufacturer can use the name Murphy bed.

    A Comeback for the Much Maligned Murphy Bed

  • KEY RETURNEES: Kevin Murphy is the key to the Golden Eagles being competitive in 2010-11.

    Ohio Valley Conference

  • THE GOOD NEWS: Kevin Murphy is looking like a star in the Ohio Valley Conference right now, with two more years in the fold after finishing as the fifth-best scorer in the conference this year as a sophomore.

    Ohio Valley Conference

  • The comparison of the 6-0 Iverson to the 5-9″ Calvin Murphy is insightful.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Chemistry Experiment

  • I have a sinking feeling that geoengineering will follow what I call Murphy's Law of Unintended Consequences: Whatever can go wrong, will, and it's probably something you didn't think of.

    Lynn Parramore: Superfreaky: The Wild World of Geoengineering

  • Murphy is cute and appealing; but I believe that before this was tagged a Murphy vehicle, there was an interesting screenplay that is only glimpsed at the end.

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  • DONNELLY: You see, there would be zero tolerance if anyone disagrees, if the new lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender, what we call Murphy's LGBT Law, passes.

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  • This is part of what he called Murphy's Law of Economics.

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  • Louis Murphy, Florida, 6-3, 203: Depending on how he matures, Murphy is seen as a boom-or-bust prospect.

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