- darken someone's door,
- darkling beetle,
Origin of darkling
verb (used without object), dar·kled, dar·kling.
Origin of darkle
Examples from the Web for darkling
Staff abandoned argument and resting his forearms on the rail, stared sombrely out over the darkling waters for a moment or two.The Bandbox|Louis Joseph Vance
The silent, hard-faced Hans leant forward and stared up the darkling water, his hand behind his ear.Lysbeth|H. Rider Haggard
Close she stood, and, darkling as it was, joined in the choir so much beloved.The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 3 (of 3)|James Hogg
The cold, steely, darkling sweep of desert had been transformed.
She could tell the names of the constellations, and take her direction upon the darkling moors from them.Barbara Lynn|Emily J. Jenkinson
Word Origin for darkling
verb archaic, or literary
Word Origin for darkle
"in the dark," mid-15c., from dark (n.) + now-obsolete adverbial ending -ling.
But having nothing to do with the participial -ing it does not mean growing dark &c.; from the mistaken notion that it is a participle spring both the misuse of the word itself and the spurious verb darkle. [Fowler]