from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Partial or total darkness; gloom.
  • noun Dense fog.
  • adjective Partially or totally dark; gloomy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Dark; obscure; gloomy.
  • noun Gloom; darkness.
  • To darken.
  • noun Refuse or husks of fruit after the juice has been expressed; marc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Dark; murky.
  • noun Archaic Darkness; mirk.
  • noun The refuse of fruit, after the juice has been expressed; marc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Dark, murky
  • noun Darkness, or a dark or gloomy environment.
  • verb To make murky or be murky; to cloud or obscure, or to be clouded or obscured.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make dark, dim, or gloomy
  • noun an atmosphere in which visibility is reduced because of a cloud of some substance


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English mirke, from Old Norse myrkr or Old English mirce.]


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  • " Along an infinite invisible tight-rope taut from zenith to nadir the End of the World, a two headed octopus in gillies kilts, busby and tartan filibegs, whirls through the murk, head over heels, in the fob of the Three Lugs of Man." Joyce, Ulysses, 15

    January 1, 2008

  • I used to wurk at Murk.

    April 24, 2009

  • Were there purks for wurking at Murk?

    April 25, 2009

  • Yes, as a matter of fact. Every Wednesday they served delicious Chicken Murk Nuggets in the company cafeteria for a mere pittance.

    And once they sent me to Spain for a week to randomise tomato plants in a trial of an insecticide against the dreaded leafminer pest. So you could say that I was paid to figure out the most efficient way to exterminate the little bug(ger)s.

    April 25, 2009

  • Ah. So you were proud to be a Murkin?

    April 25, 2009

  • commonly an alternate spelling of the colloquial merk (see Twitter examples here and at merk, merked)

    January 22, 2021