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  1. darkness; gloom: the murk of a foggy night.
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  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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Examples from the Web for murker

Historical Examples

  • It will be if he can carry it out, was the answer, with a nod at Murker.

    Tom Fairfield's Hunting Trip

    Allen Chapman

  • A glance would have disclosed their identities—Skeel, Whalen and Murker.

  • There wont be any risk—not up in this lonesome place, Murker said.

  • Oh, I wouldnt be afraid, was the sneering comment of Murker.

  • Murker left him a glass full after he had once emptied the tumbler.

British Dictionary definitions for murker



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

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


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 murker



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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