- (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.
Idioms about dark
- in ignorance; uninformed:He was in the dark about their plans for the evening.
- in secrecy; concealed; obscure.
Origin of dark
synonym study for dark
OTHER WORDS FROM darknon·dark, adjectivepre·dark, adjective
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MORE ABOUT DARK
What is a basic definition of dark?
Dark describes something that lacks or has very little light. Dark is the absence of light. Dark also describes something that is depressing or evil. The word dark has several other senses as an adjective, noun, and a verb.
If something is dark, it means that it has no light or has very small amounts of light.
Real-life examples: If you turn the lights off in a room, the room becomes dark. When the sun sets at night, it becomes very dark outside. A dark alley has no streetlights, making it very hard to see anything.
Used in a sentence: He used a flashlight to help him see in the dark cellar.
In this sense, dark also refers to an absence of light. The dark is the deep blackness such as you see when you close your eyes.
Real-life examples: Many children are afraid of the dark. It is usually a good idea not to wander outside in the dark because of nocturnal animals.
Used in a sentence: The wolf ran into the cave and disappeared into the dark.
Dark also describes something that is gloomy, depressing, or grim. You probably know some movies or books you would call dark because they don’t have a happy ending or are very depressing.
Real-life examples: The stories of Edgar Allen Poe are usually dark, containing death and sad endings. Horror movies tend to be dark, as they are often full of depressing events and unhappy endings. Dark comedy uses depressing or sad topics to make tragicomedy.
Used in a sentence: We went through some dark days after our friend died.
Dark can also describe something that is evil or wicked.
Real-life examples: Bad guys perform dark deeds. The heroes of stories will try to stop the dark plots of the villains.
Used in a sentence: The heroine had an exciting sword fight with the dark lord in his evil lair.
Where does dark come from?
The first records of the adjective dark come from before the year 1000. It ultimately comes from the Old English deorc. The first records of the noun and verb senses of dark come from the adjective sense during Middle English.
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Dark is a common word with several different meanings. It most often refers to something that lacks light and makes it hard to see.
I'm 20 years old and im still scared to walk down a dark hallway at 3:00 am.
— Josh (@maxwell_huhok) August 20, 2020
Pet semetary is such a dark movie. I'm traumatized.
— #OUSTDUTERTENOW (@krxtnr) April 10, 2020
There are pros and cons to living alone.
PRO: My house has never been cleaner.
CON: All of my dark thoughts are now in charge.
— Solomon Georgio (@solomongeorgio) January 11, 2020
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He slammed his knee against the table because he couldn’t see anything in the dark living room.
How to use dark in a sentence
The issue from a search marketing perspective with this new dark mode is that the ads are a bit harder to distinguish from the organic listings.Google goes dark theme and passage ranking sees the light: Friday’s daily brief|Barry Schwartz|February 12, 2021|Search Engine Land
It is much harder to see the “Ad” label in the Google dark theme than it is in the light theme.Google Search dark theme mode expands but search ads are hard to distinguish|Barry Schwartz|February 11, 2021|Search Engine Land
Sometimes my day is crazy and I can’t get outside until it’s dark.5 Pieces of Gear That Help Me Stay Active During Winter|Jakob Schiller|February 11, 2021|Outside Online
The dark debris deposits along the path, as well as the still-settling clouds of dust, are telltale signs of a landslide, researchers say.Three things to know about the disastrous flood in India|Carolyn Gramling|February 9, 2021|Science News
That cultural change has been driven by founders and investors who want to keep their startups stealthy and their competitors in the dark about where their finances are.
He wore white gloves, a dignified long black coat, and matching pants and vest, and he carried a dark walking stick.The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate|Philip Dray|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I thought about the mother, her fear of the dark, of the harm she feared might come to her daughters.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Then she managed to struggle a mile through dark, rainy woods.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods|James Higdon|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
These are dark times for network TV, but experiments like Galavant are the silver lining.
Luke Skywalker is an evil robot who has fallen to the dark side of the force.Juiciest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rumors (and Some Debunked Ones)|Rich Goldstein|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Ripperda's eye fell upon the mantle,—it was discoloured a dark red in many places, he nodded his head, and the man withdrew.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
He glanced aside, and saw an exceedingly pretty, dark face, which looked vaguely familiar.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
Down in his galleries and chambers where it was dark as a pocket Grandfather Mole enjoyed himself thoroughly.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
His dark, shining, almost too intelligent eyes looked at Nigel, and looked away.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
The seeds of some species are of a dark brown while others are of a lighter shade.
British Dictionary definitions for dark
- (of complexion, hair colour, etc) not fair or blond; swarthy; brunette
- (in combination)dark-eyed
Derived forms of darkdarkish, adjectivedarkly, adverbdarkness, noun
Word Origin for dark
Other Idioms and Phrases with dark
In addition to the idioms beginning with dark
- darken someone's door
- dark horse
- in the dark
- keep someone in the dark
- leap in the dark
- shot in the dark
- whistle in the dark