- dark [därk]adj.[ME derk < OE deorc, gloomy, cheerless < IE * dherg- < base * dher-, dirty, somber > DREGS]1.a) entirely or partly without lightb) neither giving nor receiving light☆ 2. giving no performance; closed [this theater is dark tonight]3.a) almost blackb) not light in color; deep in shade4. not fair in complexion; brunet or swarthy5. hidden; secret6. not easily understood; hard to make clear; obscure7. gloomy; hopeless; dismal8. angry or sullen [responding to criticism with dark looks]9. evil; sinister10. ignorant; unenlightened11. deep and rich, with a melancholy sound12. Phonet. back: said of vowelsn.1. the state of being dark2. night; nightfall3. a dark color or shadevt., vi.Obs. to darkento darken——————in the darkuninformed; ignorant——————keep darkto keep secret or hiddendarkishadj.darklyadv.darknessn.SYN.- DARK, the general word in this comparison, denotes a partial or complete absence of light [a dark night ]; DIM1 implies so little light that objects can be seen only indistinctly; DUSKY suggests the grayish, shadowy light of twilight [a dusky winter evening ]; MURKY now usually suggests the thick, heavy darkness of fog or smoke-filled air [the murky ruins of a temple ]; GLOOMY suggests a cloudy, cheerless darkness [a gloomy forest ] –ANT. LIGHT1, BRIGHT
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.