(noun, adjective)


1. devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black

- sitting in a dark corner

- a dark day

- dark shadows

Similar word(s): acheronian, acherontic, stygian, aphotic, black, caliginous, cimmerian, crepuscular, darkened, darkening, darkling, dim, subdued, dusky, twilight, twilit, gloomful, glooming, gloomy, sulky, lightless, unilluminated, unlighted, unlit, semidark, tenebrific, tenebrious, tenebrous

2. (used of color) having a dark hue

- dark green

- dark glasses

- dark colors like wine red or navy blue

Similar word(s): black, darkish

3. brunet (used of hair or skin or eyes)

- dark eyes

Similar word(s): brunet, brunette

4. stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable

- Darth Vader of the dark side

- a dark purpose

- dark undercurrents of ethnic hostility

Similar word(s): evil, black, sinister

5. secret

- keep it dark

Similar word(s): concealed

6. showing a brooding ill humor

- a dark scowl

Similar word(s): dour, glowering, glum, moody, morose, saturnine, sour, sullen

7. lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture

- the dark ages

- a dark age in the history of education

Similar word(s): unenlightened, benighted

8. marked by difficulty of style or expression

- much that was dark is now quite clear to me

Similar word(s): incomprehensible, uncomprehensible, obscure

9. causing depression

- the dark days of the war

- a dark gloomy day

Similar word(s): cheerless, depressing, uncheerful, blue, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, drab, drear, dreary, gloomy, grim, sorry

10. not giving performances; closed

- the theater is dark on Mondays

Similar word(s): inactive

Sentences with dark as an adjective:

- The room was too dark for reading.

- Dark signals should be treated as all-way stop signs.

- my sister's hair is darker than mine;  her skin grew dark with a suntan

- a dark villain;  a dark deed

- the Great Depression was a dark time;  the film was a dark psychological thriller

- The ending of this book is rather dark.


1. absence of light or illumination

Similar word(s): darkness

Definition categories: state, illumination

2. absence of moral or spiritual values

- the powers of darkness

Similar word(s): darkness, wickedness

Definition categories: state, condition, status

3. an unilluminated area

- he moved off into the darkness

Similar word(s): darkness, shadow

Definition categories: location, scene

4. the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside

Similar word(s): night, nighttime

Definition categories: time, period

5. an unenlightened state

- he was in the dark concerning their intentions

- his lectures dispelled the darkness

Similar word(s): darkness

Definition categories: thought

Sentences with dark as a noun:

- Dark surrounds us completely.

- We kept him in the dark.

- The lawyer was left in the dark as to why the jury was dismissed.

- It was after dark before we got to playing baseball.