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[gloh-ming] /ˈgloʊ mɪŋ/
twilight; dusk.
Origin of gloaming
before 1000; Middle English gloming, Old English glōmung, derivative of glōm twilight Unabridged
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  • The goats have gathered round me as I sit musing in the gloaming.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • It uplifted his soul, like soft music in the gloaming, or a woman's face.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • Man, hurry home before the gloaming betrays you to the dark.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • It was in the gloaming, and the little sitting-room was warm and cosy.

    Doctor Luttrell's First Patient

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • She twisted a piece of paper into a spill, and put an end to the gloaming.

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • There was no mistaking who it was waiting there in the gloaming.

    Mary Ware's Promised Land Annie Fellows Johnston
  • Lasst Midsummer Day aa was on t' Shanmoor road, i' t' gloaming.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • But he forgot that later as they rode home through the gloaming.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild
British Dictionary definitions for gloaming


(poetic) twilight or dusk
Word Origin
Old English glōmung, from glōm; related to Old Norse glāmr moon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gloaming

Old English glomung "twilight," formed (probably on model of æfning "evening") from glom "twilight," related to glowan "to glow" (hence "glow of sunrise or sunset"), from Proto-Germanic *glo- (see glow (v.)). Fell from currency except in Yorkshire dialect, but preserved in Scotland and reintroduced by Burns and other Scottish writers after 1785.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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