murk

or mirk

[ murk ]
/ mɜrk /

noun

darkness; gloom: the murk of a foggy night.

adjective

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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British Dictionary definitions for murker (1 of 2)

murk1

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 murker (2 of 2)

murk2
/ (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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