mirk

[ murk ]
/ mɜrk /
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noun, adjective

Definition for mirk (2 of 2)

murk

or mirk

[ murk ]
/ mɜrk /

noun

darkness; gloom: the murk of a foggy night.

adjective

Archaic. dark; murky.

Origin of murk

before 900; Middle English mirke, myrke < Old Norse myrkr dark, darkness, replacing Old English myrce dark
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British Dictionary definitions for mirk (1 of 3)

mirk

/ (mɜːk) /

noun

a variant spelling of murk 1
Derived Formsmirky, adjectivemirkily, adverbmirkiness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for mirk (2 of 3)

murk

1

mirk

/ (mɜːk) /

noun

gloomy darkness

adjective

an archaic variant of murky

Word Origin for murk

C13: probably from Old Norse myrkr darkness; compare Old English mirce dark

British Dictionary definitions for mirk (3 of 3)

murk

2
/ (mɜːk) /

verb (tr) slang

to murder (a person)
to defeat (a team) convincingly

Word Origin for murk

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for mirk

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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