gloam·​ing | \ˈglō-miŋ \

Definition of gloaming 

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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."

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

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For a time, the cardinal intermittently pierced the dark silence of the gloaming with its calls, but then went silent. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A cardinal's song, or a spiritual experience?," 5 July 2018 The fans at the panel’s sides were making a faint whinging sound, still blowing as the last of the solar power worked in the gloaming light. Ryan Bradley, WIRED, "Can Humans Survive on Water Vapor Alone?," 8 Mar. 2018 Lawrence Taylor, Anderson and many others reached the gloaming of their careers. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Super Bowl history game-by-game, from Packers to Patriots | Miami Herald," 30 Jan. 2018 There was a soft breeze in the gloaming; the heat was finally off the day. Andrew Mccarthy, New York Times, "Up Close With the Tribes of Ethiopia’s Imperiled Omo Valley," 30 Oct. 2017 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. Tim Layden,, "The MMQB All-Time Draft: The Ultimate Football Fantasy," 19 July 2017 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. Rachel Syme, New Republic, "How the New Twin Peaks Made Television Strange Again," 10 July 2017 There were two giants in our house, in our lives, that seemed to grow larger in the gloaming. Caitlin Shetterly, New York Times, "A House Haunted by a Mysterious Smell," 9 June 2017 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. Rob Weintraub, New York Times, "The Day Vin Scully Didn’t Land That N.F.L. Broadcasting Job," 23 May 2016

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First Known Use of gloaming

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gloaming

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

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