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[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
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  • Amid the murk and drizzly mists in which the drama is played out, he becomes some dreadful and pathetic creature of darkness.
  • Its aluminum skin, lit by powerful dive lights suspended from the barge, shone faintly in the greenish murk.
  • Bugs were swarming around my headlamp, and someone pulled on a rope and this huge fish came up out of the murk.
  • Because of the murk surrounding the hoard's discovery, it may never be authenticated to scientists' full satisfaction.
  • My vehicle comes to a hasty halt as a disabled car emerges abruptly from the murk dead ahead.
  • For a moment, their flavors were weighty and clear before dissolving back into a delicious murk.
  • Polarized light itself eventually scatters as it travels through the murk.
  • Their electric sense could help them to cut through the murk.
  • But in the short term, the tendency to dispel the murk around charities' activities may work the other way.
  • The result, slimy with unfeasible plotting, will gratify those who sniff out all politics as a conspiratorial murk.
British Dictionary definitions for murk


gloomy darkness
an archaic variant of murky
Word Origin
C13: probably from Old Norse myrkr darkness; compare Old English mirce dark


verb (transitive) (slang)
to murder (a person)
to defeat (a team) convincingly
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for murk

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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