Pronunciation: (därk),[key] —adj.,-er, -est, —n., v.
—adj. 1. having very little or no light: a dark room. 2. radiating, admitting, or reflecting little light: a dark color. 3. approaching black in hue: a dark brown. 4. not pale or fair; swarthy: a dark complexion. 5. brunette; dark-colored: dark eyebrows. 6. having brunette hair: She's dark but her children are blond. 7. (of coffee) containing only a small amount of milk or cream.
8. gloomy; cheerless; dismal: the dark days of World War II. 9. sullen; frowning: a dark expression. 10. evil; iniquitous; wicked: a dark plot. 11. destitute of knowledge or culture; unenlightened.
12. hard to understand; obscure.
13. hidden; secret.
14. silent; reticent.
15. (of a theater) offering no performances; closed: The theaters in this town are dark on Sundays. 16. Phonet. a. (of an l-sound) having back-vowel resonance; situated after a vowel in the same syllable. Cf. clear (def. 24a).
b. (of a speech sound) of dull quality; acoustically damped.
17. keep dark, to keep as a secret; conceal: They kept their political activities dark.
—n. 1. the absence of light; darkness: I can't see well in the dark. 2. night; nightfall: Please come home before dark. 3. a dark place.
4. a dark color.
5. in the dark, a. in ignorance; uninformed: He was in the dark about their plans for the evening. b. in secrecy; concealed; obscure.