or mirk

[ murk ]
/ mɜrk /


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

Examples from the Web for 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 (1 of 2)



/ (mɜːk) /


gloomy darkness


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 murks (2 of 2)

/ (mɜːk) /

verb (tr) slang

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

Word Origin for murk

C20: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012