One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Twilight; dusk.‘hundreds of lights are already shimmering in the gloaming’
twilight, nightfall, sunset, sundown, evening, close of dayView synonyms
- ‘As it was, the darkness of night was beginning to give way to the gloaming before daylight.’
- ‘The sweetest songs belong to lovers in the gloaming,’
- ‘But these marines did see a black flag pop up all at once above a water tower about 100 yards away, then a second flag somewhere in the gloaming above a rooftop.’
- ‘Small numbers of red deer are also here, especially in the gloaming, grazing high among the pines.’
- ‘It's the gloaming twilight of it, the soft seduction of lost hopes, the valiant wit, the heroic jig.’
Old English glōmung, from glōm ‘twilight’, of Germanic origin; related to glow.
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