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 darker
Was it difficult revisiting any of the darker memories, like his infidelity?All Eyes on Anjelica Huston: The Legendary Actress on Love, Abuse, and Jack Nicholson|Alex Suskind|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Men with darker skin aren't always welcome in China, and many face routine harassment.Chinese Getting Hooked on the Middle East's Favorite Drug|Brendon Hong|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I knew it was going to require me going to some darker places,” he says.Josh Charles on Life After ‘The Good Wife’ and His Insane Movie ‘Bird People’|Kevin Fallon|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Behind this unprecedented gesture, however, darker forces were planning a different sort of event.Nuclear Pakistan's Spies Target India—and Their Own Prime Minister|Bruce Riedel|September 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But peering more closely at the photograph, taken this August, his weary brown eyes reveal a darker truth.
He soon fell asleep, but Chrysea sat at the door watching the dark clouds as they drifted over the darker houses.The Necklace of Princess Fiorimonde and Other Stories|Mary De Morgan
The same treated with alum solution yields a medium purple, darker and bluer than that from Brazil.Intarsia and Marquetry|F. Hamilton Jackson
That sad, though glorious reversion of our riper and darker years?Ernest Linwood|Caroline Lee Hentz
It is of a darker blue colour, but spotted like its congener, each feather having from four to six spots upon it.The Young Yagers|Mayne Reid
Higher and darker rises shadow on the wall—now a red gloom on the ceiling—now the fire is out.Bleak House|Charles Dickens
- (of complexion, hair colour, etc) not fair or blond; swarthy; brunette
- (in combination)dark-eyed
Word Origin for dark
early 13c., from dark (adj.). Figurative in the dark "ignorant" first recorded 1670s.
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.
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