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murk

or mirk

[murk] /mɜrk/
noun
1.
darkness; gloom:
the murk of a foggy night.
adjective
2.
Archaic. dark; murky.
Origin of murk
900
before 900; Middle English mirke, myrke < Old Norse myrkr dark, darkness, replacing Old English myrce dark
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Examples from the Web for murk
Historical Examples
  • 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

murk1

/mɜːk/
noun
1.
gloomy darkness
adjective
2.
an archaic variant of murky
Word Origin
C13: probably from Old Norse myrkr darkness; compare Old English mirce dark

murk2

/mɜːk/
verb (transitive) (slang)
1.
to murder (a person)
2.
to defeat (a team) convincingly
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for murk
n

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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