darkling

[ dahrk-ling ]
/ ˈdɑrk lɪŋ /

adverb

in the dark.

adjective

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

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Origin of darkling

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

darkling
/ (ˈdɑːklɪŋ) poetic /

adverb, adjective

in the dark or night

adjective

darkening or almost dark; obscure

Word Origin for darkling

C15: from dark + -ling ²
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