- darkness; gloom: the murk of a foggy night.
- Archaic. dark; murky.
Origin of murk
Examples from the Web for mirk
Or catch'd wi' warlocks i' the mirk, By Alloway's auld haunted kirk.The Book of Humorous Verse
With this Prince Mirk spurred the mare, and at once reached the tent.
And Mirk told her that he was a prince, and had come to see the Princess of Doghead.
Mirk was frightened, and quickly dipped his little finger into the bottle.
Bring a candle, the grand staircase is as mirk as a yule midnight.The Centenary Garland
- a variant spelling of murk 1
- gloomy darkness
- an archaic variant of murky
- to murder (a person)
- to defeat (a team) convincingly
Word Origin and History for mirk
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).