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)
- darius ii,
- darius iii,
- dark adaptation,
- dark ages,
- dark chocolate,
- dark cloud,
- dark comedy
- in ignorance; uninformed: He was in the dark about their plans for the evening.
- in secrecy; concealed; obscure.
Origin of dark
Examples from the Web for dark
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
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
Sybil is dead, as is Matthew; Gregson is missing with dark hints about his fate.
On Christmas Day, sometime after dark, a hideous fire overtook the venue: 100 firefighters, 33 fire trucks, a four-alarm blaze.The Fiery Death of Sotto Sotto, Toronto’s Celebrity Hotspot|Shinan Govani|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He has caused His voice to be heard in this dark and sinful world.The Assembly of God|C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
Johnny sprang through the door and disappeared into the dark interior of the house.The Arrow of Fire|Roy J. Snell
"Still you leave me in the dark," Mahommed cried, with a frown.The Prince of India, Volume I|Lew. Wallace
When Tippy, in her bathrobe and with a candle, came down the dark hall to fumble at the door and let me in, I didn't say a word.Georgina's Service Stars|Annie Fellows Johnston
But who was to dream that he would arrange to leave it at such an unearthly time of the morning at this dark season of the year?The Hand of Ethelberta|Thomas Hardy
- (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