adjective, dark·er, dark·est.
- (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.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- in ignorance; uninformed: He was in the dark about their plans for the evening.
- in secrecy; concealed; obscure.
Origin of dark
Synonyms for dark
Antonyms for dark
Related Words for darkdim, misty, murky, shadowy, overcast, somber, cloudy, dingy, gloomy, black, drab, foggy, dull, darkened, tan, mysterious, deep, sinister, ominous, bleak
Examples from the Web for dark
Contemporary Examples of dark
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
January 7, 2015
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
January 7, 2015
These are dark times for network TV, but experiments like Galavant are the silver lining.‘Galavant’: A Drunken, Horny Musical Fairy Tale
January 5, 2015
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)
January 3, 2015
Sybil is dead, as is Matthew; Gregson is missing with dark hints about his fate.What Downton’s Fashion Really Means
January 2, 2015
Historical Examples of dark
At present it was dark and weather-beaten, and in a general state of neglect.Brave and Bold
Reached camp at the spot arranged an hour after dark, and found all well.
Reached the water at the Two Springs half an hour after dark.
As it was just dark we thought it best to move on a few miles, which we did after dark.
As it was now an hour after dark, I turned them out, and left them to do the best they could.
- (of complexion, hair colour, etc) not fair or blond; swarthy; brunette
- (in combination)dark-eyed
Word Origin for dark
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.
early 13c., from dark (adj.). Figurative in the dark "ignorant" first recorded 1670s.
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