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Meaning of “murky” in the English Dictionary

"murky" in British English

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murkyadjective

uk   /ˈmɜː.ki/  us   /ˈmɝː-/
  • murky adjective (DARK/DIRTY)

dark and ​dirty or ​difficult to ​see through: The ​river was ​brown and murky after the ​storm.

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  • murky adjective (UNPLEASANT SITUATION)

used to ​describe a ​situation that is ​complicated and ​unpleasant, and about which many ​facts are not ​clear: He ​becameinvolved in the murky world of ​international drug-dealing. I don't ​want to get into the murky waters of ​familyarguments.
(Definition of murky from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"murky" in American English

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murkyadjective

 us   /ˈmɜr·ki/
dark or ​cloudy: murky ​waters The ​movie has ​dumbcharacters and a murky ​plot (= it is ​difficult to ​understand).
(Definition of murky from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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