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[dahr-kuh l]
verb (used without object), dar·kled, dar·kling.
  1. to appear dark; show indistinctly.
  2. to grow dark, gloomy, etc.
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Origin of darkle

1790–1800; back formation from darkling, adv. taken as present participle
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Examples from the Web for darkle

Historical Examples

  • Whom It quickens, let them darkle to extinction swift and sure.

    A Cluster of Grapes


British Dictionary definitions for darkle


verb archaic, or literary
  1. to grow dark; darken
  2. (intr) to appear dark or indistinct
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Word Origin

C19: back formation from darkling
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