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[dahrk-lee] /ˈdɑrk li/
so as to appear dark.
vaguely; mysteriously.
in a vaguely threatening or menacing manner:
He hinted darkly that we had not heard the last of the matter.
imperfectly; faintly.
Origin of darkly
before 1000; Middle English derkly, Old English deorclīce (in figurative sense only). See dark, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Her eyes are deeply, darkly blue, the curls which "fall adown her back are yellow, like ripe corn."

  • He did not know the countenance it masked so darkly, but that same cloak he knew!

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • "With a lantern," suggested Loo, darkly, without looking toward Miriam.

    The Last Hope Henry Seton Merriman
  • Albert's face was darkly red under the lash of his grandfather's tongue.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Ulric looked at him darkly, for the voice of Caius was as of one who mocketh bitterly.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
Word Origin and History for darkly

Old English deorclice "darkly, horribly, foully;" see dark + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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