Definition of darkly in English:



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

    ‘“You can't trust him,” said Jacob darkly’
    • ‘Opponents of the SAT say we don't know what it measures and hint darkly that it smacks of discredited IQ testing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Carolyn Jones was wonderful as his darkly mysterious and sexy wife Morticia, slinking around in her figure-hugging, full-length black dress.’
    • ‘They could even be doing more than that, he hinted darkly.’
    • ‘‘Well he better keep his distance, I didn't like the way he was looking at you,’ Chad threatened darkly.’
    • ‘McLeish hinted, darkly, about replacing the 30-year-old.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His Sweeney is arresting, ominous, darkly humorous, and scary in just the right proportions, and, in the end, thoroughly moving.’
    • ‘To Howard's mind those last words sounded darkly ominous.’
    • ‘The Chancellor could also hint darkly at the possibility of a windfall tax on the oil companies.’
    • ‘Fiennes is woefully miscast as the darkly mysterious adventurer.’
    • ‘He hints darkly at the impending murder of Banquo and Fleance but does not confide that he has already commissioned it.’
    • ‘Their opera is the mysterious and darkly moving tale of what happened after the pied piper left Hamelin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He should have hinted darkly at death threats and used many anonymous sources without ever producing any kind of proof.’
    • ‘He likes to hint darkly of terrors that would set all such petty concerns at naught.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1In a depressing or pessimistic way.
      ‘I wondered darkly if I was wasting my time’
      • ‘Some art critics have described Westermann's work as darkly pessimistic.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Never mind the cheesy aroma emanating from the ending, Wonder Boys is a darkly comic gem.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's a darkly comic drama, which makes you wonder how they get away with it.’
      • ‘Johnson's voice is darkly pessimistic, yet trapped in the formulas of the Cold War.’
      • ‘The humanism was still there, but it was now pessimistic and darkly existential.’
  • 2With a dark color.

    ‘a figure silhouetted darkly against the trees’
    • ‘On a day like this it looked darkly threatening.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just then, another figure moved into the pool of light, dressed darkly like Jerred.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her skin was as pale as snow; making her darkly colored eyes seem black so that they resembled dark pools.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The colours are as crisp as can be remembered and the darkly lit interiors are presented with a clarity impossible to achieve on video.’
    • ‘One of the cops shouted as the two darkly dressed operatives ran into the trees.’
    • ‘The man leaning against the high-backed chair was darkly handsome and Cassidy wondered if he was the infamous Ian Royale.’
    • ‘Using a mirror, you can look for areas that are red, irritated, white or darkly coloured.’
    • ‘The room was darkly lit and the amorphous silhouettes littered about in the shadows made it claustrophobic.’
    • ‘She could sit at her windowsill for hours recalling the way Damien's eyes had shined so darkly and threateningly and beautifully.’
    • ‘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, the click, clacking of the mortals' shoes were heard as their darkly silhouetted figures stood in the center near the fountain.’
    • ‘And true to the Lieutenant's word, seconds later a vast array of darkly coloured ships emerged from the even deeper black of space.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most have dark and black hair, and have darkly painted finger nails.’
    • ‘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 man was darkly handsome, with black swept back hair and dark gray eyes.’