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Examples of gloaming in a Sentence
lovers would often retreat to the gloaming of the park's many secluded recesses to steal a kiss
with the gloaming came the familiar call of the whip-poor-will
Recent Examples of gloaming from the Web
During a special teams segment at the end of practice Sammy Baugh, a quarterback with the Redskins from 1937 through ’52 but also a record-setting punter, boots a high spiral into the gloaming.
The gloaming setting, the dead girl at the heart of the narrative, the casual use of the gory or grotesque, even the ominous synth theme (ahem, Stranger Things)—these have all become familiar tropes.
There were two giants in our house, in our lives, that seemed to grow larger in the gloaming.
Indeed, the game became a classic when Joe Montana threw the winning touchdown pass in the Bay Area gloaming, with Dwight Clark hauling in what would later be called the Catch.
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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 and Etymology of gloaming
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsblack, blackness, candlelight, darkness, dusk, dark, gloom, murk, night, semidarkness, shade, shadows, twilight, umbra
Antonymsblaze, brightness, brilliance, day, daylight, glare, glow, light, lightness
Related Wordsmidnight; blackout, brownout, dimout; shadiness, umbrage; dullness (also dulness), somberness; cloudiness, fogginess, haziness, mistiness, murkiness; dimness, faintness, gloominess, grayness, paleness; half-light
Near Antonymsmoonlight, starlight, sunlight; effulgence, radiance, radiancy, shine, sunshine; incandescence, luminance, luminescence, luminosity, luminousness
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