Etymology: Middle English derk, from Old English deorc; akin to Old High German tarchannen to hide
Date: before 12th century
a. devoid or partially devoid of light ; not receiving, reflecting, transmitting, or radiating light <a dark room> b. transmitting only a portion of light <dark glasses> 2. a. wholly or partially black <dark clothing> b. of a color of low or very low lightness c. being less light in color than other substances of the same kind <dark rum> 3. a. arising from or showing evil traits or desires ; evil <the dark powers that lead to war> b. dismal, gloomy <had a dark view of the future> c. lacking knowledge or culture ; unenlightened <a dark period in history> d. relating to grim or depressing circumstances <dark humor> 4. a. not clear to the understanding b. not known or explored because of remoteness <the darkest reaches of the continent> 5. not fair in complexion ; swarthy 6. secret <kept his plans dark> 7. possessing depth and richness <a dark voice> 8. closed to the public <the theater is dark in the summer> Synonyms: see obscure • darkish adjective • darkly adverb • darkness noun II. noun Date: 13th century 1. a. a place or time of little or no light ; night, nightfall <after dark> b. absence of light ; darkness <afraid of the dark> 2. a dark or deep color III. verb Date: 14th century intransitive verb obsolete to grow dark transitive verb to make dark
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.