gloaming was our Word of the Day on 01/18/2011. Hear the podcast!
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
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
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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