—adj. 1. (of meaning) not clear or plain; ambiguous, vague, or uncertain: an obscure sentence in the contract. 2. not clear to the understanding; hard to perceive: obscure motivations. 3. (of language, style, a speaker, etc.) not expressing the meaning clearly or plainly.
4. indistinct to the sight or any other sense; not readily seen, heard, etc.; faint.
5. inconspicuous or unnoticeable: the obscure beginnings of a great movement. 6. of little or no prominence, note, fame, or distinction: an obscure French artist. 7. far from public notice, worldly affairs, or important activities; remote; retired: an obscure little town. 8. lacking in light or illumination; dark; dim; murky: an obscure back room. 9. enveloped in, concealed by, or frequenting darkness.
10. not bright or lustrous; dull or darkish, as color or appearance.
11. (of a vowel) having the reduced or neutral sound usually represented by the schwa (u).
—v.t. 1. to conceal or conceal by confusing (the meaning of a statement, poem, etc.).
2. to make dark, dim, indistinct, etc.
3. to reduce or neutralize (a vowel) to the sound usually represented by a schwa (u).