From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdarkdark1 /dɑːk $ dɑːrk/ ●●●S2W1 adjective (comparative darker, superlative darkest) 🔊 🔊 1no lightDARK if it is dark, there is little or no light opp light 🔊 The church was dark and quiet. 🔊 the dark winter days 🔊 Suddenly, the room went dark (=became dark). 🔊 It gets dark (=night begins) about ten o'clock. 🔊 It was still dark (=was night) when we boarded the train. 🔊 It was pitch dark (=completely dark) in the attic.2colourCOLOUR/COLOR quite close to black in colour opp light, pale 🔊 There were dark clouds in the sky. 🔊 men in dark suits 🔊 a slightly darker colourdark blue/green/pink etc 🔊 a dark blue dress► see thesaurus at colour3hair/eyes/skinHBH someone who is dark has hair, eyes, or skin that is brown or black in colour opp fair 🔊 a tall, dark man 🔊 John’s dark skin and eyes4mysteriousmysterious or secret 🔊 a dark secretkeep something dark British English (=keep something secret) 🔊 Apparently, he has a son, but he’s kept that very dark.5evilBAD BEHAVIOUR OR ACTIONSevil or threatening 🔊 There was a darker side to his character. 🔊 a place where so many dark deeds had been committed 🔊 the dark forces of the universe6unhappy timeUNHAPPY a dark time is unhappy or without hope 🔊 the dark days of the war 🔊 Even in the darkest moments, I still had you, my love.7feelings/thoughtsSAD/UNHAPPY if you have dark feelings or thoughts, you are very sad or worried 🔊 a dark depression 🔊 her darkest fears8humour dark humour deals with things that are bad or upsetting in a funny way syn black 🔊 the dark humor common in difficult situations9 →darkest Africa/South America etcTHESAURUSdark if a place is dark, there is little or no lightThe room was very dark.No, you can’t play outside, it’s too dark.It was a dark night with clouds covering the moon.dimly-lit a dimly-lit building or place is fairly dark because the lights there are not very brighta dimly-lit restaurantThe church was dimly lit.dim a dim light is fairly darkThe camera can take good pictures even in dim lighting.The evening sky grew dim.darkened a darkened room or building is darker than usual, especially because its lights have been turned off or the curtains have been drawnThe prisoner lay in a darkened room.The play starts with a darkened stage, and the sound of a woman singing softly.gloomy a gloomy place or room is not at all bright or cheerfulThe bar was gloomy and smelled of stale cigar smoke.murky dark and difficult to see through – used especially about waterthe murky waters of the lakeI could hardly see him in the murky light of the bar.pitch-dark/pitch-black completely dark, so that nothing can be seenIt was pitch-dark inside the shed.shady a shady place is cooler and darker than the area around it, because the light of the sun cannot reach itIt was nice and shady under the trees.They found a shady spot for a picnic.
dark• He had the impression that there wasn't much left of the still figure in the dark.• And she gets up in the night and sits by the telephone in the hall in the dark.• There's nowhere to hang in the dark.• Many more settlements, houses and trailers, side roads disappearing into the dark, than there were years ago.