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  1. dark or black as pitch: a pitch-dark night.
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Origin of pitch-dark

First recorded in 1820–30
Related formspitch-dark·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for pitch-dark

Historical Examples

  • He was still sleeping a death-like sleep in the pitch-dark room.

    Victor's Triumph

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

  • The room is pitch-dark always, and it is full of tables and tomes.

  • The place was pitch-dark, but it was evident to me that it was an empty house.

  • When Ralph came to himself, he found that he was in a room that was pitch-dark.

    For the Liberty of Texas

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • The night was pitch-dark; and there was no light in the boat.

British Dictionary definitions for pitch-dark


  1. extremely or completely dark
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