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murky (adj) (of a liquid, air, etc.,) dirty and difficult to see through; (of air) dark and unpleasant; (of people's actions) dishonest and secret.

When water or oil is murky it is very dirty and difficult to see through. It is not transparent. If the waters of a river in a particular part of it are murky, it is very dirty and may be foul smelling. If the air in a place is thick with smoke and fog, the air is murky. It is unpleasant. 'He peered through the murky air in the dim light of the street lamp.' This means he looked through the air thick with smoke and fog. A person's past is murky if in the past they were dishonest and have a bad history. A situation is murky if there are some dark secrets about the situation.

  • Their search for the dead body led the police to the murky part of the river. Though very dirty and foul smelling one of them had to get into the river to bring the body out.
  • Dave's suspicious actions and behavior led the police to suspect that his past might have been murky, and murky indeed the police found it to be with a number of complaints of cheating and shady deals against him.
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