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[murk] /mɜrk/
darkness; gloom:
the murk of a foggy night.
Archaic. dark; murky.
Origin of murk
before 900; Middle English mirke, myrke < Old Norse myrkr dark, darkness, replacing Old English myrce dark Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for murk
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  • All I saw moving was a heron; he was flying low, and disappeared in the murk.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • It issued from the forest a mile away and its head was lost in the murk of the fields.

    Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad
  • Through the murk Code could see the Nettie B. three miles ahead.

    The Harbor of Doubt Frank Williams
  • Or was there some prisoner like himself lost out there in the murk?

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • Whistler or Monet might picture for us the murk and mystery of this pregnant gloom.

    The Gate of Appreciation Carleton Noyes
  • I should as soon have expected them to send her into the murk of the bottomless pit.

    The Forsaken Inn Anna Katharine Green
  • Sir Edward and his son entered the murk, and had to feel their way, and halted.

    The Black Tor George Manville Fenn
  • The taxicab stopped at a corner, and Farland and murk got out.

    The Brand of Silence Harrington Strong
  • He glanced back, and saw murk getting out of another taxicab.

    The Brand of Silence Harrington Strong
  • He had forgotten murk in his interest in the conversation with Kate Gilbert.

    The Brand of Silence Harrington Strong
British Dictionary definitions for murk


gloomy darkness
an archaic variant of murky
Word Origin
C13: probably from Old Norse myrkr darkness; compare Old English mirce dark


verb (transitive) (slang)
to murder (a person)
to defeat (a team) convincingly
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for murk

c.1300, myrke, from Old Norse myrkr "darkness," from Proto-Germanic *merkwjo- (cf. Old English mirce "murky, black, dark; murkiness, darkness," Danish mǿrk "darkness," Old Saxon mirki "dark"); cognate with Old Church Slavonic mraku, Serbo-Croatian mrak, Russian mrak "darkness;" Lithuanian merkti "shut the eyes, blink," from PIE *mer- "to flicker" (see morn). Murk Monday was long the name in Scotland for the great solar eclipse of March 29, 1652 (April 8, New Style).

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