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adj. dark·er, dark·est
a. Lacking or having very little light: a dark corner.
b. Lacking brightness: a dark day.
c. Reflecting only a small fraction of incident light; tending toward black: dark clothing.
d. Served without milk or cream: dark coffee.
2. Being or having a complexion that is not light in color.
3. Sullen or threatening: a dark scowl.
a. Characterized by gloom or pessimism; dismal or bleak: a dark day for the economy; dark predictions of what lies in store.
b. Being or characterized by morbid or grimly satiric humor.
a. Unknown or concealed; mysterious: a dark secret; the dark workings of the unconscious.
b. Lacking enlightenment, knowledge, or culture: a dark age in the history of education.
a. Evil in nature or effect; sinister: "churned up dark undercurrents of ethnic and religious hostility" (Peter Maas).
b. Morally corrupt; vicious: dark deeds; a dark past.
7. Having richness or depth: a dark, melancholy vocal tone.
8. Not giving performances; closed: The movie theater is dark on Mondays.
9. Linguistics Pronounced with the back of the tongue raised toward the velum. Used of the sound (l) in words like full.
1. Absence of light.
2. A place having little or no light.
3. Night; nightfall: home before dark.
4. A deep hue or color.
5. darks Pieces of laundry having a dark color.
in the dark
1. In secret: high-level decisions made in the dark.
2. In a state of ignorance; uninformed: kept me in the dark about their plans.

[Middle English derk, from Old English deorc.]

dark′ish adj.
dark′ly adv.
dark′ness n.
Synonyms: dark, dim, murky, dusky, shady, shadowy
These adjectives indicate the absence of light or clarity. Dark, the most widely applicable, can refer to a lack or near lack of illumination (a dark night), deepness of shade or color (dark brown), somberness (a dark mood), or immorality (a dark past). Dim means having or producing little light (dim shadows; a dim light bulb) and further suggests lack of sharpness or clarity: "the terrible dim faces known in dreams" (Carson McCullers)."tales now dim and half forgotten" (Jane Stevenson).
Murky refers to a thick or clouded darkness: "Dolphins use sonar beams to navigate the murky depths of the ocean" (Tim Hilchey).
Like dim, it is also used of what is indistinct or uncertain: "Modern warfare is murky, and with no clear frontlines, the distinction between combat and support can become meaningless" (Kristin Henderson).
Dusky suggests a subdued half-light: "The dusky night rides down the sky, / And ushers in the morn" (Henry Fielding).
It can also refer to deepness or darkness of color: "A dusky blush rose to her cheek" (Edith Wharton).
Shady refers literally to what is sheltered from light, especially sunlight (a shady grove of pines) or figuratively to what is of questionable honesty (shady business deals). Shadowy also implies obstructed light (an ill-lit, shadowy street) but may refer to what is indistinct or little known: "[He] retreated from the limelight to the shadowy fringe of music history" (Charles Sherman).
It can also refer to something that seems to lack substance and is mysterious or sinister: a shadowy figure in a black cape.


(ˈdɑr kɪʃ)

slightly dark: a darkish color.
dark′ish•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.darkish - slightly dark; "darkish red"
dark - (used of color) having a dark hue; "dark green"; "dark glasses"; "dark colors like wine red or navy blue"


[ˈdɑːkɪʃ] ADJ [colour] → algo oscuro, tirando a oscuro; [hair, complexion] → algo moreno, tirando a moreno


adj colour, complexionziemlich dunkel; the car was a darkish colour/darkish greender Wagen hatte eine dunkle/dunkelgrüne Farbe
References in classic literature ?
The night was darkish, though Sancho would have been glad had it been quite dark, so as to find in the darkness an excuse for his blundering.
I shall go home with her, for it is getting darkish, and she is rather timid," said Archie, forgetting that he had often laughed at this very timidity.
She wore her usual dress of darkish stuff, and there was no bow at her neck; but through her hair she had run a streak of crimson ribbon.
And your brother now, what's he like - a sturdy, darkish chap - eh?
The water spewing out is not clear, but has color ('may kulay') in darkish gray, obviously not treated and sanitized.
And I wish to extend that optimism as long as I can even though I know bad habits are hard to break - the collective bad habits that have kept Filipinos stuck in a darkish hole for some time.
Can you suggest a suitable houseplant for a darkish corner of my flat?
My mother always told me that, when attending a funeral, and unless instructed otherwise in the obituary, I should always wear darkish clothes - but always a black tie against a white shirt.
There's a good choice of colours, from bright, summery ones to soothing neutrals - my favourite is French Grey, a lovely darkish grey with a hint of blue.
These classes may be called as follows: clear and semi-clear (classes 1-8) - transparent with a yellow hue and some acceptable opacity; opaque (classes 9-17) - opaque with small transparent areas; crystallized (classes 18-22) - mainly opaque with many bright-coloured spots; whitish (classes 23-26) - whitish with black, brown or yellow-colour intrusions; darkish (classes 27-30) - black or dark-coloured with small bright areas.
That several pigments are involved is also hinted at by the distinct color differences observed after freezing and cleaning: apparently the effects of freezing differed between the individuals from the different treatments, because the procedure was identical for both groups and the color change for individuals kept on gray stones from darkish gray towards more violet would not be expected if the color difference was simply due to external pollution.
We enter a darkish room holding a familiar but old-fashioned object, a nearly eleven-foot-long caravan, that endearing predecessor, somehow both clunky and flimsy, of today's hulking RVs.