or mirk



darkness; gloom: the murk of a foggy night.


Archaic. dark; murky.

Origin of murk

before 900; Middle English mirke, myrke < Old Norse myrkr dark, darkness, replacing Old English myrce dark Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for murks

dimness, gloom, murkiness, dusk

Examples from the Web for murks

Historical Examples of murks

  • 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





gloomy darkness


an archaic variant of murky

Word Origin for murk

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



verb (tr) slang

to murder (a person)
to defeat (a team) convincingly

Word Origin for murk

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for murks



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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