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gloaming

[gloh-ming]
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noun
  1. twilight; dusk.

Origin of gloaming

before 1000; Middle English gloming, Old English glōmung, derivative of glōm twilight
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Examples from the Web for gloaming

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Historical Examples

  • 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.

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

    We Two

    Edna Lyall


British Dictionary definitions for gloaming

gloaming

noun
  1. poetic twilight or dusk

Word Origin

Old English glōmung, from glōm; related to Old Norse glāmr moon
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Word Origin and History for gloaming

n.

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.

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