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mirk

[murk]
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noun, adjective
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murk

or mirk

[murk]
noun
  1. darkness; gloom: the murk of a foggy night.
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adjective
  1. Archaic. dark; murky.
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Origin of murk

before 900; Middle English mirke, myrke < Old Norse myrkr dark, darkness, replacing Old English myrce dark
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Historical Examples

  • Or catch'd wi' warlocks i' the mirk, By Alloway's auld haunted kirk.

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  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for mirk

mirk

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

murk1

mirk

noun
  1. gloomy darkness
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adjective
  1. an archaic variant of murky
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Word Origin

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

murk2

verb (tr) slang
  1. to murder (a person)
  2. to defeat (a team) convincingly
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Word Origin

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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