murkest

murk

[murk]
noun
1.
darkness; gloom: the murk of a foggy night.
adjective
2.
Archaic. dark; murky.
Also, mirk.


Origin:
before 900; Middle English mirke, myrke < Old Norse myrkr dark, darkness, replacing Old English myrce dark

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murk or mirk1 (mɜːk)
 
n
1.  gloomy darkness
 
adj
2.  an archaic variant of murky
 
[C13: probably from Old Norse myrkr darkness; compare Old English mirce dark]
 
mirk or mirk1
 
n
 
adj
 
[C13: probably from Old Norse myrkr darkness; compare Old English mirce dark]

murk2 (mɜːk)
 
vb
1.  to murder (a person)
2.  to defeat (a team) convincingly
 
[C20: of unknown origin]

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murk
c.1200, from O.N. myrkr "darkness," from myrkr "dark," cognate with O.E. mierce "dark," from P.Gmc. *merkwjo-, with no known cognates outside Gmc. 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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