dark(därk),USA pronunciationadj.,-er, -est,n., v. adj.
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.
brunette; dark-colored:dark eyebrows.
having brunette hair:She's dark but her children are blond.
Food(of coffee) containing only a small amount of milk or cream.
gloomy; cheerless; dismal:the dark days of World War II.
sullen; frowning: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.
Phonetics(of an l- sound) having back-vowel resonance; situated after a vowel in the same syllable. Cf. clear (def. 24a).
Phonetics(of a speech sound) of dull quality; acoustically damped.
Idiomskeep dark, to keep as a secret; conceal:They kept their political activities dark.
the absence of light; darkness:I can't see well in the dark.
night; nightfall:Please come home before dark.
a dark place.
a dark color.
Idiomsin the dark:
in ignorance; uninformed:He was in the dark about their plans for the evening.
in secrecy; concealed; obscure.
to make dark; darken.
[Obs.]to grow dark; darken.
bef. 1000; (adjective, adjectival) Middle English derk, Old English deorc; (noun, nominal and verb, verbal) Middle English, derivative of the adjective, adjectival; compare Middle High German terken to darken, hide
1.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedDark,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.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dusky, black.
12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged recondite, abstruse.