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[gloh-ming] /ˈgloʊ mɪŋ/
twilight; dusk.
Origin of gloaming
before 1000; Middle English gloming, Old English glōmung, derivative of glōm twilight Unabridged
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  • I could tell you some spook stories that would make your hair stand on end, but they are better told in the gloaming.

    Modern Icelandic Plays Jhann Sigurjnsson
  • But he forgot that later as they rode home through the gloaming.

    Colorado Jim George Goodchild
  • In the gloaming, strange men appeared at our stables, and others of our horses were taken.

    Mary and I Stephen Return Riggs
  • I perched a turkey in the gloaming and roasted him over a small fire.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • The gloaming, which at this season lasts till after ten o'clock, dragged its slow length along.

    Fresh Fields John Burroughs
  • The moon is clouded over, but her silvery sheen is replaced by a gloaming of grey.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • Shortly after gloaming fell that night Jean encountered her master in the lobby of the manse.

    The Little Minister J. M. Barrie
  • The goats have gathered round me as I sit musing in the gloaming.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
British Dictionary definitions for gloaming


(poetic) twilight or dusk
Word Origin
Old English glōmung, from glōm; related to Old Norse glāmr moon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gloaming

Old English glomung "twilight," formed (probably on model of æfning "evening") from glom "twilight," related to glowan "to glow" (hence "glow of sunrise or sunset"), from Proto-Germanic *glo- (see glow (v.)). Fell from currency except in Yorkshire dialect, but preserved in Scotland and reintroduced by Burns and other Scottish writers after 1785.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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