Definition of darkling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdärkliNG/


Relating to growing darkness: the darkling sky
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  • 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, a suffix denoting condition or situation. The verb darkle is a back-formation dating from the 15th century.

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Syllabification: dark·ling

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