[ dahrk-ling ]
/ ˈdɑrk lɪŋ /


in the dark.


growing dark.
being or occurring in the dark; dark; obscure.
vaguely threatening or menacing.

Origin of darkling

First recorded in 1400–50, darkling is from the late Middle English word derkeling. See dark, -ling2

Definition for darkling (2 of 2)


[ dahr-kuh l ]
/ ˈdɑr kəl /

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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British Dictionary definitions for darkling (1 of 2)


/ (ˈdɑːklɪŋ) poetic /

adverb, adjective

in the dark or night


darkening or almost dark; obscure

Word Origin for darkling

C15: from dark + -ling ²

British Dictionary definitions for darkling (2 of 2)


/ (ˈdɑːkəl) /

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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