Dark meaning

därk
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The definition of dark is someone or something not light in color, without light or sunshine, gloomy or evil.

An example of dark is a black labrador retriever.

An example of dark is a house at night without any lights on.

An example of dark is midnight.

An example of dark is the time just following the death of a loved one.

An example of dark is Darth Vader from Star Wars.

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Having richness or depth.

A dark, melancholy vocal tone.

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The state of being dark.
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Not giving performances; closed.

The movie theater is dark on Mondays.

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Not easily understood; hard to make clear; obscure.
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Not clear to the understanding; not easily through; obscure; mysterious; hidden.
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Sullen or threatening.

A dark scowl.

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Giving no performance; closed.

This theater is dark tonight.

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Hidden; secret.
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(linguistics) Pronounced with the back of the tongue raised toward the velum. Used of the sound (l) in words like full.
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Absence of light.
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A place having little or no light.
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Night; nightfall.

Home before dark.

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A deep hue or color.
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Pieces of laundry having a dark color.
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Not fair in complexion; brunet or swarthy.
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Gloomy; hopeless; dismal.
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Angry or sullen.

Responding to criticism with dark looks.

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Evil; sinister.
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Ignorant; unenlightened.
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Deep and rich, with a melancholy sound.
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(phonet.) Back.
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Night; nightfall.
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A dark color or shade.
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(obs.) To darken.
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(1) Not used. See dark fiber.
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Having an absolute or (more often) relative lack of light.

The room was too dark for reading.

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(of colour) Dull or deeper in hue; not bright or light.

My sister's hair is darker than mine; her skin grew dark with a suntan.

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Without moral or spiritual light; sinister, malign.

A dark villain; a dark deed.

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Conducive to hopelessness; depressing or bleak.

The Great Depression was a dark time; the film was a dark psychological thriller.

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Lacking progress in science or the arts; said of a time period.
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With emphasis placed on the unpleasant aspects of life; said of a work of fiction, a work of nonfiction presented in narrative form or a portion of either.

The ending of this book is rather dark.

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(of a source of light) Extinguished.

Dark signals should be treated as all-way stop signs.

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Deprived of sight; blind.
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(gambling, of race horses) Having racing capability not widely known.
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A complete or (more often) partial absence of light.

Dark surrounds us completely.

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(uncountable) Ignorance.

We kept him in the dark.

The lawyer was left in the dark as to why the jury was dismissed.

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(uncountable) Nightfall.

It was after dark before we got to playing baseball.

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A dark shade or dark passage in a painting, engraving, etc.
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Being or having a complexion that is not light in color.
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in the dark
  • In secret:
    High-level decisions made in the dark.
  • In a state of ignorance; uninformed:
    Kept me in the dark about their plans.
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in the dark
  • in a place with no light
  • uninformed; ignorant
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keep dark
  • to keep secret or hidden
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of dark

  • Middle English derk from Old English deorc

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English derk, from Old English deorc (“dark, obscure, gloomy, without light, dreadful, horrible, sad, cheerless, sinister, wicked”), from Proto-Germanic *derkaz (“dark”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰerg- (“dim, dull”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰer- (“dull, dirty”). Cognate with Middle High German derken, terken (“to darken, sully”), Albanian terr (“darkness”) and Persian تاريك (tārīk, “dark”).

    From Wiktionary