Murkiness is a quality of being foggy or muddy. You may note the murkiness of a pond and, fearing leeches (or sea monsters), decide not to swim with your friends.

Your sailboat might cut through the murkiness of a foggy bay, and an alligator hunter might brave a swamp's murkiness. Figuratively, murkiness can mean a state of being unclear, sometimes deliberately: "The murkiness of those back-room deals makes me very distrustful of the whole organization." Murkiness comes from the noun murk, "darkness that makes it difficult to see."

Definitions of murkiness

n an atmosphere in which visibility is reduced because of a cloud of some substance

fog, fogginess, murk
(British informal) an airless smoky smelly atmosphere
Type of:
atmosphere, atmospheric state
the weather or climate at some place

n the quality of being cloudy

cloudiness, muddiness
turbidity, turbidness
muddiness created by stirring up sediment or having foreign particles suspended
haziness, mistiness, steaminess, vaporousness, vapourousness
cloudiness resulting from haze or mist or vapor
Type of:
opacity, opaqueness
the quality of being opaque to a degree; the degree to which something reduces the passage of light

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