- in the dark.
- growing dark.
- being or occurring in the dark; dark; obscure.
- vaguely threatening or menacing.
Origin of darkling
- to appear dark; show indistinctly.
- to grow dark, gloomy, etc.
Origin of darkle
Examples from the Web for darkling
Historical Examples of darkling
Immediately the square of darkling sky was eclipsed by the cabby's face.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
The gloom of the darkling forests, too, had passed into the sunlit parks of delight.The Golden Woman
A darkling shade settled on the face of the devoted secretary.Victory
The cold, steely, darkling sweep of desert had been transformed.
Not that my desire failed, but aid came not to ferry me over the darkling waters.Saronia
- in the dark or night
- darkening or almost dark; obscure
Word Origin for darkling
- to grow dark; darken
- (intr) to appear dark or indistinct
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]