Part of speech: adjective

Dim; gloomy.

Part of speech: adverb

In the dark; blindly.

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Usage examples "darkling":

  1. Here, secluded from vexed shores, the prince and princess of the island meet: here like darkling nightingales they sit, and into eyes and ears and hands pour endless ever- fresh treasures of their souls. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
  2. But Sibyl found a shaky voice, after an interval of gulping, though she was unable to lift her eyes, and the darkling lids continued to veil them. - "The Turmoil A Novel", Booth Tarkington.
  3. Who will wonder at the shade Of sorrow darkling on his troubled brow, As he reflects on what may not be now? - "The Song of the Exile--A Canadian Epic", Wilfred S. Skeats.