- 1599-1657; Eng. admiral
- 1757-1827; Eng. poet, artist, & mystic
(comparative blaker or more blake, superlative blakest or most blake)
From Middle English blak, blac (“pale”), from Old English blāc (“pale, pallid, wan, livid; bright, shining, glittering, flashing”) and Old Norse bleikr (“pale; white, fair”); both from Proto-Germanic *blaikaz (“pale; shining”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlē- (“to shimmer, glow”). Compare Scots bleg (“light, drab”). More at bleak.
(third-person singular simple present blakes, present participle blaking, simple past and past participle blaked)
- (obsolete, intransitive) Become pale.
From the Middle English blāken, the northern reproduction (the form in the south was blōken, whence the verb bloke) of the Old English blācian (“to become pale”), from blāc (“shining”, “white”, “pale”).