adjective, dark·er, dark·est.
- (of an l-sound) having back-vowel resonance; situated after a vowel in the same syllable.Compare clear(def 24a).
- (of a speech sound) of dull quality; acoustically damped.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Words nearby dark
Idioms for dark
- in ignorance; uninformed: He was in the dark about their plans for the evening.
- in secrecy; concealed; obscure.
Origin of dark
OTHER WORDS FROM darknon·dark, adjectivepre·dark, adjective
synonym study for dark
British Dictionary definitions for in the dark
- (of complexion, hair colour, etc) not fair or blond; swarthy; brunette
- (in combination)dark-eyed
Derived forms of darkdarkish, adjectivedarkly, adverbdarkness, noun
Word Origin for dark
Idioms and Phrases with in the dark (1 of 2)
In secret, in concealment, as in This agreement was concluded in the dark. [Early 1600s]
In a state of ignorance, uninformed, as in I was in the dark about their plans. This metaphor often appears in the locution keep someone in the dark, meaning “deliberately keep someone uninformed,” as in They kept me in the dark about their plans. [Late 1600s] For an antonym, see in the know.
Idioms and Phrases with in the dark (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with dark
- darken someone's door
- dark horse
- in the dark
- keep someone in the dark
- leap in the dark
- shot in the dark
- whistle in the dark