- 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.
Origin of darkly
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Related Wordsdesperately, sadly, dispiritedly, cynically, darkly, dejectedly, desolately, despairingly, despondently, disconsolately, dismally, emptily, gloomily, pessimistically, covertly, dully, indefinitely, secretly, vaguely, hazily
Examples from the Web for darkly
He looks at me darkly, as if to blame me for the price of movie tickets.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
“Well we have a new parliament and there are no excuses left,” he says darkly.Ukraine Militias Warn of Anti-Kiev Coup
November 28, 2014
Smart, so smart, and darkly handsome; a practical joker, large-hearted and fun.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
But this season he turns down the wattage, playing a darkly serious role in a play said to be about fly-fishing.Fall Broadway Preview: 'This Is Our Youth,' Bradley Cooper as ‘The Elephant Man,' and More
September 11, 2014
At the impressive Memorial Museum in Caen there is a darkly lit subterranean section called “France in the Dark Years.”The Deadly Trap Behind D-Day’s Beaches
June 5, 2014
Am I so utterly disreputable that you find it necessary to frown on me so darkly?The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
He did not know the countenance it masked so darkly, but that same cloak he knew!A Nest of Spies
In the Spain of to-day these things are seen as through a glass, darkly.Rosinante to the Road Again
John Dos Passos
Albert's face was darkly red under the lash of his grandfather's tongue.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
"I shall not go to bed, I shall never go to bed," said Charmian darkly.The Coast of Bohemia
William Dean Howells
Word Origin and History for darkly
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper