adjective \ˈdärk\

: having very little or no light

: not light in color : of a color that is closer to black than white

of a color : having more black than white : not light

Full Definition of DARK

a :  devoid or partially devoid of light :  not receiving, reflecting, transmitting, or radiating light <a dark room>
b :  transmitting only a portion of light <dark glasses>
a :  wholly or partially black <dark clothing>
b of a color :  of low or very low lightness
c :  being less light in color than other substances of the same kind <dark rum>
a :  arising from or showing evil traits or desires :  evil <the dark powers that lead to war>
b :  dismal, gloomy <had a dark view of the future>
c :  lacking knowledge or culture :  unenlightened <a dark period in history>
d :  relating to grim or depressing circumstances <dark humor>
a :  not clear to the understanding
b :  not known or explored because of remoteness <the darkest reaches of the continent>
:  not fair in complexion :  swarthy
:  secret <kept his plans dark>
:  possessing depth and richness <a dark voice>
:  closed to the public <the theater is dark in the summer>
dark·ish \ˈdär-kish\ adjective
dark·ly adverb
dark·ness noun

Examples of DARK

  1. She sat in the dark room alone.
  2. Soon it will be dark enough to see the stars.
  3. It was a dark and stormy night.
  4. Dark clouds of smoke were coming from the windows.
  5. She's wearing a dark suit to the interview.
  6. a man wearing dark clothing
  7. You've got dark circles under your eyes this morning.
  8. dark spots on the skin

Origin of DARK

Middle English derk, from Old English deorc; akin to Old High German tarchannen to hide
First Known Use: before 12th century



the dark : a state in which no light can be seen

: a place where little or no light can be seen

: the time of day when night begins : the time when the sky becomes dark for the night

Full Definition of DARK

a :  a place or time of little or no light :  night, nightfall
b :  absence of light :  darkness
:  a dark or deep color
in the dark
:  in secrecy <most of his dealings were done in the dark>
:  in ignorance <kept the public in the dark about the agreement>

Examples of DARK

  1. He's 12 years old and still afraid of the dark.
  2. The burglars hid in the dark between the two buildings.
  3. He bought the kids special rings that glow in the dark.
  4. We'd better get home before dark.
  5. They waited until after dark to begin their escape.
  6. He uses lots of darks in his decorating.
  7. Wash the lights and the darks separately.

First Known Use of DARK

13th century



Definition of DARK

intransitive verb
:  to grow dark
transitive verb
:  to make dark

First Known Use of DARK

14th century


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