- having very little or no light: a dark room.
- radiating, admitting, or reflecting little light: a dark color.
- approaching black in hue: a dark brown.
- not pale or fair; swarthy: a dark complexion.
- brunette; dark-colored: dark eyebrows.
- having brunette hair: She's dark but her children are blond.
- (of coffee) containing only a small amount of milk or cream.
- gloomy; cheerless; dismal: the dark days of World War II.
- sullen; frowning: a dark expression.
- evil; iniquitous; wicked: a dark plot.
- destitute of knowledge or culture; unenlightened.
- hard to understand; obscure.
- hidden; secret.
- silent; reticent.
- (of a theater) offering no performances; closed: The theaters in this town are dark on Sundays.
- (of an l-sound) having back-vowel resonance; situated after a vowel in the same syllable.Compare clear(def 24a).
- (of a speech sound) of dull quality; acoustically damped.
- the absence of light; darkness: I can't see well in the dark.
- night; nightfall: Please come home before dark.
- a dark place.
- a dark color.
- to make dark; darken.
- Obsolete. to grow dark; darken.
- in the dark,
- in ignorance; uninformed: He was in the dark about their plans for the evening.
- in secrecy; concealed; obscure.
- keep dark, to keep as a secret; conceal: They kept their political activities dark.
Origin of dark
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Examples from the Web for darker
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Men with darker skin aren't always welcome in China, and many face routine harassment.Chinese Getting Hooked on the Middle East's Favorite Drug
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“I knew it was going to require me going to some darker places,” he says.Josh Charles on Life After ‘The Good Wife’ and His Insane Movie ‘Bird People’
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Behind this unprecedented gesture, however, darker forces were planning a different sort of event.Nuclear Pakistan's Spies Target India—and Their Own Prime Minister
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But peering more closely at the photograph, taken this August, his weary brown eyes reveal a darker truth.Fighting Ebola With Nothing but Hope
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Into the darker secrets of the Book of Wishes we will not penetrate.The Intelligence Office (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
I am not painting my early life as any darker than most lives.The Conquest of Fear
If the juice is boiled too long, the jelly will be darker than it should be.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
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Their light is burning dim, and yet darker days are awaiting them in the future.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
The eyes and hair seemed a deeper hazel, a darker brown, than they had been.In the Valley
- having little or no lighta dark street
- (of a colour) reflecting or transmitting little lightdark brown Compare light 1 (def. 29), medium (def. 2)
- (of complexion, hair colour, etc) not fair or blond; swarthy; brunette
- (in combination)dark-eyed
- gloomy or dismal
- sinister; evila dark purpose
- sullen or angrya dark scowl
- ignorant or unenlighteneda dark period in our history
- secret or mysteriouskeep it dark
- phonetics denoting an (l) pronounced with a velar articulation giving back vowel resonance. In English, l is usually dark when final or preconsonantalCompare light 1 (def. 30)
- go dark stock exchange informal (of a company) to remove itself from the register of major exchanges while continuing to trade
- absence of light; darkness
- night or nightfall
- a dark place, patch, or shadow
- a state of ignorance (esp in the phrase in the dark)
- an archaic word for darken
Word Origin and History for darker
early 13c., from dark (adj.). Figurative in the dark "ignorant" first recorded 1670s.
Old English deorc "dark, obscure, gloomy; sad, cheerless; sinister, wicked," from Proto-Germanic *derkaz (cf. Old High German tarchanjan "to hide, conceal"). "Absence of light" especially at night is the original meaning. Application to colors is 16c. Theater slang for "closed" is from 1916.