- darkness; gloom: the murk of a foggy night.
- Archaic. dark; murky.
Origin of murk
Examples from the Web for murk
All I saw moving was a heron; he was flying low, and disappeared in the murk.Chance
It issued from the forest a mile away and its head was lost in the murk of the fields.Tales Of Hearsay
Through the murk Code could see the Nettie B. three miles ahead.The Harbor of Doubt
Or was there some prisoner like himself lost out there in the murk?Storm Over Warlock
Whistler or Monet might picture for us the murk and mystery of this pregnant gloom.The Gate of Appreciation
- gloomy darkness
- an archaic variant of murky
- to murder (a person)
- to defeat (a team) convincingly
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).