darkling

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From dark +‎ -ling.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdɑː(ɹ)klɪŋ/
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Noun[edit]

darkling (plural darklings)

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

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English derkelyng, equivalent to dark +‎ -ling.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

darkling (not comparable)

  1. In the dark; in obscurity.
    • c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act 1, scene 4]:
      So, out went the candle, and we were left darkling.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 3”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker [] [a]nd by Robert Boulter [] [a]nd Matthias Walker, [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      As the wakeful bird sings darkling.
    • 1816, Lord Byron, Darkness:
      I had a dream, which was not all a dream. / The bright sun was extinguish'd, and the stars / Did wander darkling in the eternal space, / Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth / Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;

Etymology 3[edit]

From darkle +‎ -ing.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdɑː(ɹ)kəlɪŋ/

Noun[edit]

darkling (plural darklings)

  1. Darkness

Adjective[edit]

darkling (not comparable)

  1. (poetic) 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. (figuratively) Obscure; taking place unseen, as if in the dark.

Verb[edit]

darkling

  1. present participle of darkle

References[edit]

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

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