[ dahrk-lee ]
/ ˈdɑrk li /


so as to appear dark.
vaguely; mysteriously.
in a vaguely threatening or menacing manner: He hinted darkly that we had not heard the last of the matter.
imperfectly; faintly.

Nearby words

  1. darkie,
  2. darkish,
  3. darkle,
  4. darkling,
  5. darkling beetle,
  6. darkness,
  7. darkroom,
  8. darksome,
  9. darktown,
  10. darky

Origin of darkly

before 1000; Middle English derkly, Old English deorclīce (in figurative sense only). See dark, -ly

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Word Origin and History for darkly



Old English deorclice "darkly, horribly, foully;" see dark + -ly (2).

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