One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Growing dark or characterized by darkness.‘the darkling sky’
indistinct, faint, vague, ill-defined, unclear, blurred, blurry, misty, hazy, foggy, veiled, cloudy, clouded, nebulous, fuzzyView synonyms
- ‘When I got back I sat for a while, enjoying a ciggy, and watching the water fowl settling for the night on the darkling waters.’
- ‘We had, after all, assembled at the Winnock Hotel, on the darkling winter banks of Loch Lomond, for an evening of ‘murder-mystery entertainment’.’
- ‘One evening recently I was walking with 2-year-old Kaya in the light of sunset when she pointed to the western sky above the darkling mountains and shouted: ‘Pink!’’
- ‘A cold wind fell out of the darkling, late-autumn sky, rushing down the sides of the little valley and bumping into the house with a start.’
- ‘In the late afternoon and well on into the darkling evening Graham pottered happy as something that's very happy indeed, pulling out the winter wall-flowers, planting out the new salvias, and potting up the grasses and the thrift.’
Middle English: from dark + -ling.
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