darkling

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English derkelyng, from derk (dark) + -lyng (-ling).

The verb darkle is a back-formation from darkling.

Noun[edit]

darkling (plural darklings)

  1. Darkness.
  2. (fantasy) A creature that lives in the dark.

Adjective[edit]

darkling (comparative more darkling, superlative most darkling)

  1. Dark; darkening.
    • 1867, Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach:
      And we are here as on a darkling plain
      Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
      Where ignorant armies clash by night
  2. obscure; done or happening 'in the dark' or unseen.

Adverb[edit]

darkling (comparative more darkling, superlative most darkling)

  1. In the dark; in obscurity.
    • Shakespeare, King Lear
      So, out went the candle, and we were left darkling.
    • Milton
      As the wakeful bird sings darkling.

Verb[edit]

darkling

  1. Present participle of darkle.

References[edit]

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967