Definition of darkly in English:



  • 1In a threatening, mysterious, or ominous way.

    ‘‘You can't trust him,’ said Jacob darkly’
    • ‘He should have hinted darkly at death threats and used many anonymous sources without ever producing any kind of proof.’
    • ‘Both bureaucrat and scientist recognise the problem, abhor it in public, mutter darkly about the stupidity of the selection processes which succumb to it, and continue as before.’
    • ‘To Howard's mind those last words sounded darkly ominous.’
    • ‘It has been hinted darkly that if Scots do not support the London Games, nationwide backing for Glasgow's 2014 Commonwealth Games bid could suffer.’
    • ‘Fiennes is woefully miscast as the darkly mysterious adventurer.’
    • ‘He did so in language that hinted darkly at a revival of the Cold War.’
    • ‘His face was now cheery, no longer hinting darkly at his knowledge.’
    • ‘Their opera is the mysterious and darkly moving tale of what happened after the pied piper left Hamelin.’
    • ‘He hints darkly at the impending murder of Banquo and Fleance but does not confide that he has already commissioned it.’
    • ‘He likes to hint darkly of terrors that would set all such petty concerns at naught.’
    • ‘‘Well he better keep his distance, I didn't like the way he was looking at you,’ Chad threatened darkly.’
    • ‘They could even be doing more than that, he hinted darkly.’
    • ‘McLeish hinted, darkly, about replacing the 30-year-old.’
    • ‘Opponents of the SAT say we don't know what it measures and hint darkly that it smacks of discredited IQ testing.’
    • ‘The Chancellor could also hint darkly at the possibility of a windfall tax on the oil companies.’
    • ‘Already, Labour MPs are making complaints about this and hinting darkly that they won't do interviews if they are asked questions about devolved matters.’
    • ‘Conservatives hint darkly of trouble ahead if the constitution goes into effect.’
    • ‘Carolyn Jones was wonderful as his darkly mysterious and sexy wife Morticia, slinking around in her figure-hugging, full-length black dress.’
    • ‘His Sweeney is arresting, ominous, darkly humorous, and scary in just the right proportions, and, in the end, thoroughly moving.’
    • ‘Fine Gael sources hint darkly that all this publicity cannot be doing his firm any good, and point to transactions last week where the firm bought back its own shares.’
    1. 1.1 In a pessimistic way.
      ‘I wondered darkly if I was wasting my time’
      • ‘This hints at future scenes, but it's also darkly comic, because these shots are cut with Devlin's men loading their guns.’
      • ‘Euripides's darkly psychological study of a woman's obsession with her murdered father and her quest for retribution presents its characters not as mythical heroes, but as flawed human beings.’
      • ‘Never mind the cheesy aroma emanating from the ending, Wonder Boys is a darkly comic gem.’
      • ‘Johnson's voice is darkly pessimistic, yet trapped in the formulas of the Cold War.’
      • ‘Are we programmed to be conformists, secretly fascinated by the power of authority, as the psychologists of the Frankfurt School wondered darkly in the aftermath of the Second World War?’
      • ‘Yet for all the sadness that colours these diaries darkly, the final impression is of triumph - of a life lived creatively and to the limits of potential.’
      • ‘The humanism was still there, but it was now pessimistic and darkly existential.’
      • ‘Some art critics have described Westermann's work as darkly pessimistic.’
      • ‘It's a darkly comic drama, which makes you wonder how they get away with it.’
  • 2With a dark colour.

    ‘a figure silhouetted darkly against the trees’
    • ‘The room was darkly lit and the amorphous silhouettes littered about in the shadows made it claustrophobic.’
    • ‘And true to the Lieutenant's word, seconds later a vast array of darkly coloured ships emerged from the even deeper black of space.’
    • ‘Her skin was as pale as snow; making her darkly colored eyes seem black so that they resembled dark pools.’
    • ‘She could sit at her windowsill for hours recalling the way Damien's eyes had shined so darkly and threateningly and beautifully.’
    • ‘At the end of the hallway she was faced with a door, which swung open to reveal a small darkly coloured room with thick carpeting and two windows on the right and opposite wall.’
    • ‘Who is this figure, a silhouette in the darkly tangled trees that obscure the path, a figure who seems to have slowed down enough to give you time to catch up?’
    • ‘Just then, another figure moved into the pool of light, dressed darkly like Jerred.’
    • ‘One of the cops shouted as the two darkly dressed operatives ran into the trees.’
    • ‘Using a mirror, you can look for areas that are red, irritated, white or darkly coloured.’
    • ‘This one was taller, and a little heavy, with long black curly hair framing a darkly tanned face with laugh lines around the dark brown eyes.’
    • ‘On a day like this it looked darkly threatening.’
    • ‘The man was darkly handsome, with black swept back hair and dark gray eyes.’
    • ‘She eased it out to reveal a trap door and as she poked outside of this mysterious door, her new room… was darkly lit as she crept onto the bed…’
    • ‘The colours are as crisp as can be remembered and the darkly lit interiors are presented with a clarity impossible to achieve on video.’
    • ‘Just then, the click, clacking of the mortals' shoes were heard as their darkly silhouetted figures stood in the center near the fountain.’
    • ‘He walked up until he was standing right in front of her, his dark shadow looming darkly over her limp form on the ground, cross-legged.’
    • ‘One of his darkly coloured earlier works, it features a peasant family's mealtime, dimly lit by a tallow lamp, with a huge plate of steaming spuds as the centrepiece.’
    • ‘Here, against the lingering light of a winter afternoon, I have often watched, fascinated, as the darkly silhouetted harriers glide in just above the reeds.’
    • ‘The man leaning against the high-backed chair was darkly handsome and Cassidy wondered if he was the infamous Ian Royale.’
    • ‘Most have dark and black hair, and have darkly painted finger nails.’