What does dark mean?

Definitions for darkdɑrk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dark.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dark, darkness(noun)

    absence of light or illumination

  2. iniquity, wickedness, darkness, dark(noun)

    absence of moral or spiritual values

    "the powers of darkness"

  3. darkness, dark, shadow(noun)

    an unilluminated area

    "he moved off into the darkness"

  4. night, nighttime, dark(noun)

    the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside

  5. dark, darkness(adj)

    an unenlightened state

    "he was in the dark concerning their intentions"; "his lectures dispelled the darkness"

  6. dark(adj)

    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"

  7. dark(adj)

    (used of color) having a dark hue

    "dark green"; "dark glasses"; "dark colors like wine red or navy blue"

  8. dark(adj)

    brunet (used of hair or skin or eyes)

    "dark eyes"

  9. black, dark, sinister(adj)

    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

  10. dark(adj)


    "keep it dark"

  11. dark, dour, glowering, glum, moody, morose, saturnine, sour, sullen(adj)

    showing a brooding ill humor

    "a dark scowl"; "the proverbially dour New England Puritan"; "a glum, hopeless shrug"; "he sat in moody silence"; "a morose and unsociable manner"; "a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius"- Bruce Bliven; "a sour temper"; "a sullen crowd"

  12. benighted, dark(adj)

    lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture

    "this benighted country"; "benighted ages of barbarism and superstition"; "the dark ages"; "a dark age in the history of education"

  13. dark, obscure(adj)

    marked by difficulty of style or expression

    "much that was dark is now quite clear to me"; "those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure"

  14. blue, dark, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, gloomy, grim, sorry, drab, drear, dreary(adj)

    causing dejection

    "a blue day"; "the dark days of the war"; "a week of rainy depressing weather"; "a disconsolate winter landscape"; "the first dismal dispiriting days of November"; "a dark gloomy day"; "grim rainy weather"

  15. colored, coloured, dark, dark-skinned, non-white(adj)

    having skin rich in melanin pigments

    "National Association for the Advancement of Colored People"; "dark-skinned peoples"

  16. dark(adj)

    not giving performances; closed

    "the theater is dark on Mondays"


  1. dark(Noun)

    A complete or (more often) partial absence of light.

    Dark surrounds us completely.

  2. dark(Noun)


  3. dark(Noun)


    It was after dark before we got to playing baseball.

  4. dark(Adjective)

    Having an absolute or (more often) relative lack of light.

    The room was too dark for reading.

  5. dark(Adjective)

    Dull or deeper in hue; not bright or light.

  6. dark(Adjective)

    Hidden, secret

  7. dark(Adjective)

    Without moral or spiritual light; sinister, malign.

  8. dark(Adjective)

    Conducive to hopelessness; depressing or bleak

    The Great Depression was a dark time.

  9. dark(Adjective)

    Lacking progress in science or the arts; said of a time period

  10. dark(Adjective)

    With emphasis placed on the unpleasant aspects of life; said of a work of fiction, a work of nonfiction presented in narrative form or a portion of either

    The ending of this book is rather dark.

  11. dark(Adjective)


    Dark signals should be treated as all-way stop signs.

  12. dark(Adjective)

    Having racing capability not widely known.

  13. Origin: From derk, from deorc, from derkaz, from dʰerg-, from dʰer-. Cognate with derken, terken and Albanian terr.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dark(adj)

    destitute, or partially destitute, of light; not receiving, reflecting, or radiating light; wholly or partially black, or of some deep shade of color; not light-colored; as, a dark room; a dark day; dark cloth; dark paint; a dark complexion

  2. Dark(adj)

    not clear to the understanding; not easily seen through; obscure; mysterious; hidden

  3. Dark(adj)

    destitute of knowledge and culture; in moral or intellectual darkness; unrefined; ignorant

  4. Dark(adj)

    evincing black or foul traits of character; vile; wicked; atrocious; as, a dark villain; a dark deed

  5. Dark(adj)

    foreboding evil; gloomy; jealous; suspicious

  6. Dark(adj)

    deprived of sight; blind

  7. Dark(noun)

    absence of light; darkness; obscurity; a place where there is little or no light

  8. Dark(noun)

    the condition of ignorance; gloom; secrecy

  9. Dark(noun)

    a dark shade or dark passage in a painting, engraving, or the like; as, the light and darks are well contrasted

  10. Dark(verb)

    to darken to obscure

  11. Origin: [OE. dark, derk, deork, AS. dearc, deorc; cf. Gael. & Ir. dorch, dorcha, dark, black, dusky.]


  1. Dark

    In the broadcasting industry, a dark or silent radio or television station is one that has gone off-the-air for an indefinite period of time. Unlike dead air, a station that is dark does not even transmit a carrier signal.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dark

    därk, adj. without light: black, or somewhat black: gloomy: difficult to understand: unenlightened: secret: sinister.—n. absence of light: obscurity: a state of ignorance.—adv. (Shak.) in a state of dark.—v.t. Dark′en, to make dark: to render ignorant: to sully.—v.i. to grow dark or darker.—n. Dark′-house (Shak.), a mad-house.—adj. Dark′ish, somewhat dark: dusky.—v.i. Dark′le, to grow dark.—adv. and adj. Dark′ling, dark: in the dark.—advs. Dark′lings (poet.), in the dark; Dark′ly.—n. Dark′ness.—adj. Dark′some, dark: (poet.) gloomy.—ns. Dark′y, Dark′ey, a negro: (slang) a policeman's lantern.—Dark ages, the period of intellectual darkness in Europe, from the 5th to the 15th century.—Darken the door, to enter in at the door.—A dark horse, in racing, a horse whose capabilities are not known: a candidate about whom it is not known till the last moment that he is a candidate.—Keep dark, to be silent or secret; Keep it dark, to conceal.—The prince of darkness, Satan. [A.S. deorc.]

Editors Contribution

  1. dark

    Used to describe a shade of a color or light.

    She chose dark grey to paint the kitchen floor. The lampshade was a dark pink and emitted a dark glow of light into the room.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dark' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #945

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dark' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1664

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dark' in Nouns Frequency: #1358

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dark' in Adjectives Frequency: #114


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dark in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dark in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Zoey Kravitz:

    The Dark Knight Rises.

  2. Maasai Proverb:

    Daylight follows a dark night.

  3. Benjamin Franklin:

    All cats are gray in the dark.

  4. Boomerang CEO Mark Patterson:

    Robots don't care if it's dark.

  5. George Carlin:

    Weather forecast for tonight dark.

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