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murk

or mirk

[murk] /mɜrk/
noun
1.
darkness; gloom:
the murk of a foggy night.
adjective
2.
Archaic. dark; murky.
Origin of murk
900
before 900; Middle English mirke, myrke < Old Norse myrkr dark, darkness, replacing Old English myrce dark
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  • Through the murk of history we see their lives as small, steady lights, infrequent and lonely.

  • Through the murk Code could see the Nettie B. three miles ahead.

    The Harbor of Doubt Frank Williams
  • This is some city, murk, and there are several million persons in it and around it.

    The Brand of Silence Harrington Strong
  • Sir Edward and his son entered the murk, and had to feel their way, and halted.

    The Black Tor George Manville Fenn
  • murk started to speak, then thought better of it and went from the room slowly, anger flushing his face.

    The Brand of Silence Harrington Strong
  • murk was dressed in a suit which was somber in tone, and which was not at all a bad fit.

    The Brand of Silence Harrington Strong
  • And out of the mouth of that dark passageway came a blow that caused murk to groan once and topple forward.

    The Brand of Silence Harrington Strong
  • When he awoke in the morning, murk was dressed and sitting by the window.

    The Brand of Silence Harrington Strong
  • murk knew them instantly; they were the men who had attacked Sidney Prale in the Park.

    The Brand of Silence Harrington Strong
  • Farland had decided to go to the hotel and have a talk with Sidney Prale and murk.

    The Brand of Silence Harrington Strong
British Dictionary definitions for murk

murk1

/mɜːk/
noun
1.
gloomy darkness
adjective
2.
an archaic variant of murky
Word Origin
C13: probably from Old Norse myrkr darkness; compare Old English mirce dark

murk2

/mɜːk/
verb (transitive) (slang)
1.
to murder (a person)
2.
to defeat (a team) convincingly
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for 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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