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 darkestdim, misty, murky, shadowy, overcast, somber, cloudy, dingy, gloomy, black, drab, foggy, dull, darkened, tan, mysterious, deep, sinister, ominous, bleak
Examples from the Web for darkest
Contemporary Examples of darkest
What could have sustained him during these darkest of hours?The Catholic Philosopher Who Took on Hitler
John Henry Crosby
December 26, 2014
In celebration of the darkest of Black Fridays, she just released a new single, “Pietà.”Is Bigger Better for St. Vincent?
December 4, 2014
The 2014 midterms were the darkest election yet for congressional races.Fake Charities Could Pick Our Next President
November 10, 2014
I lay on my back, frozen, unable to avoid thinking the darkest thoughts.Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve's Epic Friendship and the Greatest Williams Story Ever Told
August 12, 2014
We have been led by these lizards into some of the darkest moral dead-ends in our entire history as a people.Ahmed Abu Khattala Arrest Spoils GOP’s Benghazi Party
June 18, 2014
Historical Examples of darkest
I am starting on a hunt in darkest Deanery for my cuff links.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
After his explanation Hank withdrew to the darkest corner of the room and was silent.Way of the Lawless
On he went, until he came to the darkest place in the woods.Opera Stories from Wagner
Yet he never, in the darkest hour, faltered or hesitated for a moment.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
In an instant they fled into the darkest corner of the cavern.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
- (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