Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In the dark.
  • adj. Occurring or enacted in the dark.
  • adj. Dark; dim.
  • n. The dark: "She carried some rugs for me through the shrubbery in the darkling” ( H.G. Wells).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. darkness
  • n. a creature that lives in the dark
  • adj. dark; darkening
  • adj. obscure, done or happening 'in the dark' or unseen
  • adv. in the dark, obscurely
  • v. Present participle of darkle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In the dark.
  • Becoming dark or gloomy; frowing.
  • Dark; gloomy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In the dark.
  • Hence Blindly; uncertainly.
  • Dark; obscure; gloomy.
  • Blinded.
  • Rendering dark; obscuring.
  • Sitting in the dark.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. uncannily or threateningly dark or obscure
  • adj. (poetic) occurring in the dark or night

Etymologies

From Middle English derkelyng, from derk ("dark") + -lyng ("-ling"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Then clipt and clung about his breast enveiled in darkling room.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • And died in darkling air no more to be for ever shown.’

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Plus, if I just threw in some multisyllabic words, extended my sentences until each was a paragraph long, and used "darkling" a few times, I'd be the Faulkner of Phoenix.

    Gayle Lynds: "Aping" Her Betters

  • Many of her class set out by being impostors, and end by becoming enthusiasts, or hold a kind of darkling conduct between both lines, unconscious almost when they are cheating themselves, or when imposing on others.

    Chapter XLVII

  • Many of her class set out by being impostors and end by becoming enthusiasts, or hold a kind of darkling conduct between both lines, unconscious almost when they are cheating themselves or when imposing on others.

    Guy Mannering, Or, the Astrologer — Volume 02

  • "'Mine was the woman, darkling I found her,'" he hummed, significantly.

    CHAPTER 25

  • To him I reported every detail that occurred when he was not with me; and he, with furrowed brows, sitting darkling by the hour, like a patient spider unravelled the tangle and spun the web afresh.

    Chapter 15

  • They vanished in the darkling air, but a moment later, two of the distant figures fell, pinned to the ground.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • Standing recently upon the heathery crest of Hartcliff Hill we looked due west, where the Woodhead Road climbs Bord Hill, where the darkling moortops were suddenly illuminated.

    Country diary: Langsett

  • He advocates despair in the face of life on a darkling plain on which ignorant armies clash by night, a wasteland.

    The Poet Alfred Edward Housman « Unknowing

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  • And we are here as on a darkling plain
    Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight
    Where ignorant armies clash by night.

    – Matthew Arnold , Dover Beach.

    November 3, 2007

  • ... as the wakeful Bird
    Sings darkling, and in shadiest Covert hid
    Tunes her nocturnal Note.

    Milton, Paradise Lost III

    December 18, 2006