[ blak-lee ]

  1. darkly; gloomily.

  2. wickedly: a plot blackly contrived to wreak vengeance.

  1. angrily: blackly refusing to yield to reason.

Origin of blackly

First recorded in 1555–65; black + -ly

Words Nearby blackly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use blackly in a sentence

  • One blackly funny screed in the book is directed at Harry and David's gift baskets.

    A Widow's Tale | Jennie Yabroff | February 15, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • By and by, a straggling birch bluff rose blackly across their way, but nobody swung wide.

    Winston of the Prairie | Harold Bindloss
  • "Sure it's a word I'd like to have with you, young man," he growled, frowning blackly.

    Frank Merriwell's Pursuit | Burt L. Standish
  • There's just one thing I'd like to know, Houston thought blackly.

    The Penal Cluster | Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
  • Jack regarded Dick blackly for the fraction of a second; then he burst into a laugh, and clapped him on the shoulder.

    Love in a Cloud | Arlo Bates
  • He felt himself in one way innocent, but he felt himself in another way blackly guilty.

    The Regent | E. Arnold Bennett