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gloaming

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noun gloam·ing \ˈglō-miŋ\

Definition of gloaming



Examples of gloaming in a sentence

  1. <lovers would often retreat to the gloaming of the park's many secluded recesses to steal a kiss>

  2. <with the gloaming came the familiar call of the whip-poor-will>



Did You Know?

If "gloaming" makes you think of tartans and bagpipes, well lads and lasses, you've got a good ear and a good eye; we picked up "gloaming" from the Scottish dialects of English back in the Middle Ages. The roots of the word trace to the Old English word for twilight, "glōm," which is akin to "glōwan," an Old English verb meaning "to glow." In the early 1800s, English speakers looked to Scotland again and borrowed the now-archaic verb gloam, meaning "to become twilight" or "to grow dark."

Origin of gloaming

Middle English (Scots) gloming, from Old English glōming, from glōm twilight; akin to Old English glōwan to glow


First Known Use: before 12th century

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