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murk

or mirk

[murk]
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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

  • Tyndall records that he once staggered out of the murks and disease of London, fearing that his lifework was done.

    Among the Forces

    Henry White Warren


British Dictionary definitions for murks

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 murks

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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