dark [dahrk] /dɑrk/ Show IPA adjective, darker, darkest, noun, verb
having very little or no light:
a dark room.
radiating, admitting, or reflecting little light:
a dark color.
approaching black in hue:
a dark brown.
not pale or fair; swarthy:
a dark complexion.
having brunette hair:
She's dark but her children are blond.
(of coffee) containing only a small amount of milk or cream.
gloomy; cheerless; dismal:
the dark days of World War II.
a dark expression.
evil; iniquitous; wicked:
a dark plot.
destitute of knowledge or culture; unenlightened.
hard to understand; obscure.
(of a theater) offering no performances; closed:
The theaters in this town are dark on Sundays.
(of an l- sound) having back-vowel resonance; situated after a vowel in the same syllable.
(of a speech sound) of dull quality; acoustically damped.
the absence of light; darkness
I can't see well in the dark.
Please come home before dark.
verb (used with object)
to make dark; darken.
verb (used without object)
Obsolete. to grow dark; darken.
in the dark,
in ignorance; uninformed:
He was in the dark about their plans for the evening.
in secrecy; concealed; obscure.
to keep as a secret; conceal:
They kept their political activities dark.
before 1000; (adj.) Middle English derk, Old English deorc; (noun and v.) Middle English, derivative of the adj.; compare Middle High German terken to darken, hide
1. Dark, dim, obscure, gloomy, murky refer to absence or insufficiency of light. Dark implies a more or less complete absence of light: a dark night. Dim implies faintness of light or indistinctness of form (resulting from the lack of light or from imperfect vision): a dim outline. Obscure implies dimness that may arise also from factors that interfere with light or vision: obscure because of haze. Gloomy means cloudy, ill-lighted, dusky: a gloomy hall. Murky implies a thick or misty darkness: murky water. 4. dusky, black. 12. recondite, abstruse.
1. lighted. 2. bright. 8. cheerful. 9. pleasant. 12. clear.