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From Middle English mirky; equivalent to murk +‎ -y. Related to Old Norse myrkr, Russian мрак (mrak), Serbo-Croatian мра̑к.

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murky (comparative murkier, superlative murkiest)

  1. Hard to see through, as a fog or mist.
  2. Dark, dim, gloomy.
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene i], page 14:
      Ferdinand: As I hope / For quite dayes, faire Iſſue, and long life, / With ſuch loue, as 'tis now the murkieſt den, / The moſt opportune place, the ſtrongſt ſuggeſtion, / Our worſer Genius can, shall neuer melt / Mine honor into luſt, []
  3. Cloudy, indistinct, obscure.
  4. Dishonest, shady.

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