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

  • n. Partial or total darkness; gloom.
  • adj. Archaic Partially or totally dark; gloomy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Dark, murky
  • n. Darkness, or a dark or gloomy environment.
  • v. To make murky or be murky; to cloud or obscure, or to be clouded or obscured.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Dark; murky.
  • n. Darkness; mirk.
  • n. The refuse of fruit, after the juice has been expressed; marc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


Middle English mirke, from Old Norse myrkr or Old English mirce.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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