[dahr-kuh l]

verb (used without object), dar·kled, dar·kling.

to appear dark; show indistinctly.
to grow dark, gloomy, etc.

Origin of darkle

1790–1800; back formation from darkling, adv. taken as present participle
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verb archaic, or literary

to grow dark; darken
(intr) to appear dark or indistinct

Word Origin for darkle

C19: back formation from darkling
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