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adj. black•er, black•est, adj.
- (Hair) black and gleaming as a new galosh —Loren D. Estleman
- (The newel post) black and shiny as a skull —W. P. Kinsella
- Black as a black poodle’s nose —Babette Deutsch
- Black as a baker’s shovel —Isaac Bashevis Singer
- [A hall] black as a billy goat’s belly —Ruth Chatterton
- Black as a bull-moose in December —Henry Van Dyke
- Black as a child’s midnight waking —Marge Piercy
- Black as a crow —Petronius
An ancient simile that’s still going strong, with “Black as a raven” from The Holy Bible the most frequently used variant.
- Black as a funeral procession —Diane Ackerman
- [Darkening sky] black as a giant tortoise —Stefan Zweig
- Black as a heavy smoker’s lungs —Elyse Sommer
- Black as a manic depressive’s thoughts —Elyse Sommer
- (The room was) black as an honest politician’s prospects —Dashiell Hammett
- Black as an undertaker’s hat —Donald Seaman
- Black as a pine at night —Stephen Vincent Benét
- (Locks) black as a raven —The Holy Bible/Song of Solomon
- Black as a stack of black cats in the dark —H. W. Thompson
- Black as a tar-barrel —Lewis Carroll
- Black as black —W. B. Yeats
- (Eyes … ) black as bottomless water —Ellen du Pois Taylor
- (Eyes) black as caverns —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- (Black coats were) black as coffins —Rebecca West
- Black as despair —John Phillips
- Black as dusk —William Styron
- Black as ebony —Oscar Wilde
- Black like an oven (our kin was … ) —The Holy Bible/Lamentations
- Black as fate —Dame Edith Sitwell
- Black as hell —William Shakespeare
Shakespeare, the master of so many similes, can be credited for a fair share of the best-known “Black as” comparisons. Besides this one from Hamlet, they include “Black as ink,” “Black as ebony,” and “Black as jet.”
- Black as midnight without a moon —Anon
- Black as murder —Thomas Dekker
- Black as perjury —Anon
- (Our hands were) black as potatoes dug from the ground —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Black as some charred rafter —W. D. Snodgrass
- Black as sorrow —Sir Philip Sidney
- Black as the ace of spades —Anon
- Black as the devil’s hind foot —T. C. Haliburton
- Black as the devil’s heart —Ariel Dorfman
- Black as the head of a hanged man —F. D. Reeve
- (Black holes,) black as the moments before birth and after death —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Black as thunder —William Makepeace Thackeray
- (Their visages) blacker than coal —The Holy Bible/Lamentation
- (Deep and) black like an abyss —Aharon Megged
- Black … like a subway tunnel —William Faulkner
- It [a room] was black as the inside of a cat —Davis Grubb
- The sky was as black as a monsoon —Dominique Lapierre
Past participle: blacked
|Noun||1.||black - the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)|
|2.||black - total absence of light; "they fumbled around in total darkness"; "in the black of night"|
|3.||Black - British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799)|
|4.||Black - popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928)|
|5.||Black - a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)|
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
Africa - the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean
Negress - a Black woman or girl
Black man - a man who is Black
Black woman - a woman who is Black
jigaboo, nigga, nigger, nigra, coon, spade - (ethnic slur) extremely offensive name for a Black person; "only a Black can call another Black a nigga"
Tom, Uncle Tom - (ethnic slur) offensive and derogatory name for a Black man who is abjectly servile and deferential to Whites
|6.||black - (board games) the darker pieces |
checkers, draughts - a checkerboard game for two players who each have 12 pieces; the object is to jump over and so capture the opponent's pieces
chess game, chess - a board game for two players who move their 16 pieces according to specific rules; the object is to checkmate the opponent's king
man, piece - game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games; "he taught me to set up the men on the chess board"; "he sacrificed a piece to get a strategic advantage"
white - (board games) the lighter pieces
|7.||black - black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning); "the widow wore black"|
|Verb||1.||black - make or become black; "The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened"|
|Adj.||1.||black - being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light; "black leather jackets"; "as black as coal"; "rich black soil"|
dark - (used of color) having a dark hue; "dark green"; "dark glasses"; "dark colors like wine red or navy blue"
white - being of the achromatic color of maximum lightness; having little or no hue owing to reflection of almost all incident light; "as white as fresh snow"; "a bride's white dress"
|2.||black - of or belonging to a racial group having dark skin especially of sub-Saharan African origin; "a great people--a black people--...injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization"- Martin Luther King Jr.|
white - of or belonging to a racial group having light skin coloration; "voting patterns within the white population"
|3.||black - marked by anger or resentment or hostility; "black looks"; "black words"|
angry - feeling or showing anger; "angry at the weather"; "angry customers"; "an angry silence"; "sending angry letters to the papers"
|4.||black - offering little or no hope; "the future looked black"; "prospects were bleak"; "Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult"- J.M.Synge; "took a dim view of things"|
hopeless - without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success; "in an agony of hopeless grief"; "with a hopeless sigh he sat down"
|5.||black - stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable; "black deeds"; "a black lie"; "his black heart has concocted yet another black deed"; "Darth Vader of the dark side"; "a dark purpose"; "dark undercurrents of ethnic hostility"; "the scheme of some sinister intelligence bent on punishing him"-Thomas Hardy|
evil - morally bad or wrong; "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"
|6.||black - (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin; "the stock market crashed on Black Friday"; "a calamitous defeat"; "the battle was a disastrous end to a disastrous campaign"; "such doctrines, if true, would be absolutely fatal to my theory"- Charles Darwin; "it is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it"- Douglas MacArthur; "a fateful error"|
unfortunate - not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune; "an unfortunate turn of events"; "an unfortunate decision"; "unfortunate investments"; "an unfortunate night for all concerned"
|7.||black - (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood; "a face black with fury"|
|8.||black - extremely dark; "a black moonless night"; "through the pitch-black woods"; "it was pitch-dark in the cellar"|
dark - devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black; "sitting in a dark corner"; "a dark day"; "dark shadows"; "dark as the inside of a black cat"
|9.||black - harshly ironic or sinister; "black humor"; "a grim joke"; "grim laughter"; "fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit"|
sarcastic - expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds
|10.||black - (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading; "black propaganda"|
covert - secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed; "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels"
|11.||black - distributed or sold illicitly; "the black economy pays no taxes"|
illegal - prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules; "an illegal chess move"
|12.||black - (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame; "Man...has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islands"- Rachel Carson; "an ignominious retreat"; "inglorious defeat"; "an opprobrious monument to human greed"; "a shameful display of cowardice"|
|13.||black - (of coffee) without cream or sugar |
undiluted - not diluted; "undiluted milk"; "an undiluted racial strain"
|14.||black - soiled with dirt or soot; "with feet black from playing outdoors"; "his shirt was black within an hour"|
dirty, soiled, unclean - soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime; "dirty unswept sidewalks"; "a child in dirty overalls"; "dirty slums"; "piles of dirty dishes"; "put his dirty feet on the clean sheet"; "wore an unclean shirt"; "mining is a dirty job"; "Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves"
dark light, bright
gloomy happy, warm, cheerful
wicked good, moral, pure, honourable
angry happy, pleased, warm, friendly, cheerful, amicable
Shades from black to whiteash, black, charcoal, cream, ebony, eggshell, grey, gunmetal, iron, ivory, jet, off-white, oyster white, pearl, pewter, pitch-black, platinum, putty, raven, sable, silver, slate, steel grey, stone, white
(accident) black spot (Aut) → punto m negro
black and white photo → foto f en blanco y negro
black and white TV → TV f monocromo
his face was black and blue → tenía la cara amoratada
with a face as black as thunder → con cara de pocos amigos
to swear black and blue → jurar por todo lo más santo (that que)
a black day on the roads → una jornada negra en las carreteras
he is not as black as he is painted → no es tan malo como lo pintan
things look pretty black → la situación es desconsoladora
things were looking black for him → la situación se le presentaba muy difícil
a film in black and white → un film en blanco y negro
in black and white I should like it in black and white → quisiera tenerlo por escrito
there it is in black and white! → ¡ahí lo tiene en letras de molde!
to black sb's eye → poner a algn el ojo amoratado, poner a algn el ojo a la funerala (Sp)
black arts NPL → magia f negra
black bass N → perca f negra, perca f truchada
black belt N (Sport) → cinturón m negro
black box N (Aer) → caja f negra
black coffee N → café m solo, tinto m (Col); (large) → café m americano
black college N (US) universidad para gente de color
black comedy N → comedia f negra
Black Country N región industrial al noroeste de Birmingham (Inglaterra)
Black Death N → peste f negra
black economy N → economía f negra
Black English N (US) inglés hablado por los negros americanos
black eye N → ojo m amoratado, ojo m a la funerala (Sp)
Black Forest N → Selva f Negra
Black Forest gâteau N pastel de chocolate, nata y guindas
black goods NPL → géneros mpl sujetos a boicoteo
black grouse N → gallo m lira
black hole N (Astron) → agujero m negro
black humour N → humor m negro
black ice N hielo invisible en la carretera
black line N → raya f en negro
black magic N → magia f negra
Black Maria N (Brit) → coche m or furgón m celular
black mark N → señal f roja (fig) → nota f adversa, punto m negativo
black market N → mercado m negro, estraperlo m (Sp)
black marketeer N → estraperlista mf (Sp)
Black Moslem N → musulmán m negro
Black Nationalism N → nacionalismo m negro
Black Panthers NPL → Panteras fpl negras
black pepper N → pimienta f negra
Black Power N → poder m negro
black pudding N (Brit) → morcilla f, moronga f (Mex)
Black Rod N (Brit) (Parl) dignatario de la Cámara de los Lores encargado de reunir a los Comunes en la apertura del Parlamento
Black Sea N → Mar m Negro
black sheep (of the family) N → oveja f negra
Black Studies N (US) estudios de la cultura negra americana
black tie N → corbata f de lazo, corbata f de smoking
"black tie" (on invitation) → "de etiqueta"
black tie dinner N → cena f de etiqueta
Black Watch N (Brit) (Mil) regimiento escocés
black widow (spider) N → viuda f negra
to black out a house → apagar las luces de una casa, hacer que no sean visibles por fuera las luces de una casa
the screen was blacked out by the strike (TV) → debido a la huelga no había programas en la pantalla
the storm blacked out the city → la tormenta causó un apagón en la ciudad
a black jacket → une veste noire
to paint sth black → peindre qch en noir
a black look → un regard noir
to beat sb black and blue → rosser qn, couvrir qn de bleus
A black coffee, please
BUT Un café, s'il vous plaît.
There it is in black and white
BUT C'est écrit noir sur blanc.
things look pretty black (fig) → c'è poco da star allegri
she looked as black as thunder (fig) → aveva un'aria furiosa
black coffee → caffè m inv nero
dressed in black → vestito/a di or in nero
in the black (Fin) → in attivo
to swear that black is white (obstinate person) → negare l'evidenza (liar) → mentire spudoratamente