Nearby words

  1. darius ii,
  2. darius iii,
  3. darién,
  4. darjeeling,
  5. darjiling,
  6. dark adaptation,
  7. dark ages,
  8. dark chocolate,
  9. dark cloud,
  10. dark comedy

Idioms

    in the dark,
    1. in ignorance; uninformed: He was in the dark about their plans for the evening.
    2. in secrecy; concealed; obscure.
    keep dark, to keep as a secret; conceal: They kept their political activities dark.

Origin of dark

before 1000; (adj.) Middle English derk, Old English deorc; (noun and v.) Middle English, derivative of the adj.; compare Middle High German terken to darken, hide

Related formsnon·dark, adjectivepre·dark, adjective

Synonym study

1. Dark, dim, obscure, gloomy, murky refer to absence or insufficiency of light. Dark implies a more or less complete absence of light: a dark night. Dim implies faintness of light or indistinctness of form (resulting from the lack of light or from imperfect vision): a dim outline. Obscure implies dimness that may arise also from factors that interfere with light or vision: obscure because of haze. Gloomy means cloudy, ill-lighted, dusky: a gloomy hall. Murky implies a thick or misty darkness: murky water.

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British Dictionary definitions for darker

dark

/ (dɑːk) /

adjective

noun

verb

an archaic word for darken
Derived Formsdarkish, adjectivedarkly, adverbdarkness, noun

Word Origin for dark

Old English deorc; related to Old High German terchennen to hide

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Word Origin and History for darker
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Idioms and Phrases with darker

dark

In addition to the idioms beginning with dark

  • darken someone's door
  • dark horse

also see:

  • in the dark
  • keep someone in the dark
  • leap in the dark
  • shot in the dark
  • whistle in the dark
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