murk

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English merke, mirke, from Old English mirce, myrce (dark, gloomy, evil) and Old Norse myrkr (dark, murky), both from Proto-Germanic *merkuz (dark), from Proto-Indo-European *mergʷ- (to flicker; to darken; to be dark). Cognate Danish mørk (dark), Norwegian mørk (dark), Swedish mörk (dark), Icelandic myrkur (dark), as also Albanian murg (dark), Proto-Slavic *morkъ (darkness), Lithuanian márgas (multicolored), Ancient Greek ἀμορβός (amorbós, dark).

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murk (comparative murker, superlative murkest)

  1. Dark, murky
    • J. R. Drake
      He cannot see through the mantle murk.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English mirke, merke, from Old English mirce, myrce (darkness, gloom) and Old Norse myrkr (darkness, gloom), both from Proto-Germanic *merkwą, *mirkwiz (darkness), Proto-Indo-European *mergʷ- (to flicker; to darken; to be dark).

Noun[edit]

murk (uncountable)

  1. Darkness, or a dark or gloomy environment.
    Synonym: gloom
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English mirken, probably from Old Norse myrkja, myrkva (to make dark, darken), from Proto-Germanic *mirkwijaną, *mirkwajaną (to make dark), from Proto-Indo-European *mergʷ- (to flicker; to darken; to be dark).

Verb[edit]

murk (third-person singular simple present murks, present participle murking, simple past and past participle murked)

  1. To make murky or be murky; to cloud or obscure, or to be clouded or obscured.
    • 1918: Booth Tarkington, The Magnificent Ambersons [1]
      Dawn had been murking through the smoky windows, growing stronger for half an hour...
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Etymology 4[edit]

Possibly an alteration of merc, from clipping of mercenary.

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murk (third-person singular simple present murks, present participle murking, simple past and past participle murked)

  1. (African American Vernacular, MLE) To murder or seriously injure.
    • 1991, Camp Lo, Coolie High
      cause we be murkin from the boogie
      And shittin on the crowds
      'cause they jive fakin woody.
    • 2010, Dana Dane, Numbers (page 232)
      That's why he was able to catch Crush out there sleeping and why he murked him before he could ask him any questions.
    • 2011, Treasure Hernandez, Baltimore Chronicles (volume 2)
      He clowned Sticks, and Sticks murked him for no reason. And I don't know for sure, but I think he murked Trail.
    • 2018 March 26, A. A. Dowd, “Steven Spielberg Finds Fun, and maybe even a Soul, in the Pandering Pastiche of Ready Player One”, in The A.V. Club[2], archived from the original on 31 May 2018:
      In truth, there are Easter eggs planted in just about every frame of Ready Player One, which never misses an opportunity to insert a recognizable character (hey, is that Jason Voorhees getting merked during the film’s first-person shooter level?) or toss a sop to the faithful.

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