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

  • adj. Dark, dim, or gloomy: a murky dungeon. See Synonyms at dark.
  • adj. Heavy and thick with smoke, mist, or fog; hazy.
  • adj. Darkened or clouded with sediment: murky waters.
  • adj. Lacking clarity or distinctness; cloudy or obscure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Hard to see through, as a fog or mist.
  • adj. Gloomy, dark, dim.
  • adj. Obscure, indistinct, cloudy.
  • adj. Dishonest, shady.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Dark; gloomy.
  • adj. Obscured by haze or mist; clouded; turbid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Dark; obscure; gloomy.
  • n. A variety of harpsichord-music in which the bass is in broken octaves.

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

  • adj. (of liquids) clouded as with sediment
  • adj. dark or gloomy


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Cognate to or directly from Old Norse myrkr. Compare Russian, Serbian мрак.


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