What does murk mean, you ask? Glad you asked, cuz that’s the whole point of this article. We’ll look at the meaning, alternate spellings, and and what it means to be “murked out.”
What Does Murk Mean?
/ ˈmərk / Verb (t): to murder, to kill someone
Murk is a slang term that means murder. If you kill someone, you murk them.
The term is sometimes spelled MERK. Many attribute the latter to the term “mercenary,” itself an abbreviation for “mercenary.” A mercenary is a soldier-for-hire; the term reportedly became popular in online gaming communities and transitioned over to real life.
How one became the other, or even the idea that they developed concurrently, remains a topic of discussion. Since no one here on staff is a lexicographer (or for that matter an etymologist), we’ll just leave that up for debate.
Hell, we actually had to do some Google searching to find those words so we sound fancy. Hopefully we won’t serve as an example of catachresis.
Murk Definition/Merk Meaning
This simply refers to an object that is utilizes a black color scheme or shades of black and very dark grey in combination. There are “murked out” cars, flannel shirts, battle rattle, even craft beers.
It is a phrase that builds on the “murder” transitive verb as well as the traditional definition of the word:
Murk or mirk
noun. darkness; gloom: the murk of a foggy night.
adjective. Archaic. dark; murky.
MERK Urban Dictionary Style
To be killed, murdered, or otherwise mercilessly and overwhelmingly defeated or put down. (well executed and without struggle, the way a pro mercenary would do it.) Became popular in early 2000s…
And there ya have it. You’re welcome.
Read ya some more military slang and tactical terms.