part of speech: adjective

inflections: darker, darkest

definition 1: having little or no light.

  • It was a dark, moonless night.

antonyms: bright, light, luminous, radiant

definition 2: not light or pale in color.

  • Black and brown are two of the darkest colors.

antonyms: light

definition 3: gloomy, evil, or mysterious.

  • Sometimes Beethoven’s music is dark and sometimes it is full of joy.
  • The witch cast a dark spell.

synonyms: ominous, somber

antonyms: cheerful, happy


part of speech: noun

definition 1: lack of light.

  • He lied about his fear of the dark.

synonyms: blackness, darkness

definition 2: night.

  • She told him to be home before dark.

synonyms: night, nighttime

antonyms: daylight, light

phrase: in the dark

derivation: darkish (adj.)

Word History
Dark comes from an early German word that means “to hide something,” particularly in a dark place.

Word Builder: dark +
the state of being dark.