Meaning of DARK in English


I. ˈdärk adjective

Etymology: Middle English derk, from Old English deorc; akin to Old High German tarchannen to hide

Date: before 12th century


a. : devoid or partially devoid of light : not receiving, reflecting, transmitting, or radiating light

a dark room

b. : transmitting only a portion of light

dark glasses


a. : wholly or partially black

dark clothing

b. of a color : of low or very low lightness

c. : being less light in color than other substances of the same kind

dark rum


a. : arising from or showing evil traits or desires : evil

the dark powers that lead to war

b. : dismal , gloomy

had a dark view of the future

c. : lacking knowledge or culture : unenlightened

a dark period in history

d. : relating to grim or depressing circumstances

dark humor


a. : not clear to the understanding

b. : not known or explored because of remoteness

the dark est reaches of the continent

5. : not fair in complexion : swarthy

6. : secret

kept his plans dark

7. : possessing depth and richness

a dark voice

8. : closed to the public

the theater is dark in the summer

Synonyms: see obscure

• dark·ish ˈdär-kish adjective

• dark·ly adverb

• dark·ness noun

II. noun

Date: 13th century


a. : a place or time of little or no light : night , nightfall

after dark

b. : absence of light : darkness

afraid of the dark

2. : a dark or deep color

- in the dark

III. verb

Date: 14th century

intransitive verb

obsolete : to grow dark

transitive verb

: to make dark

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.