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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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Examples from the web for gloaming
  • They usually hunt at night or during the gloaming hours of dawn and dusk.
  • Moons, both crescent and full, provide a thin light in the gloaming.
  • There are also some lovely vistas and a glimpse in the gloaming.
  • Framed against the gloaming outside, the interior of the office shone stage-bright.
  • Roaming through the gloaming, she had almost been happy.
  • The children squealed and waved and smiled, their teeth flashing white in the gloaming.
British Dictionary definitions for gloaming


(poetic) twilight or dusk
Word Origin
Old English glōmung, from glōm; related to Old Norse glāmr moon
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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.

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