DANE – see Denmark
DANGER, DANGEROUS, DANGEROUSLY – ADJECTIVES
– ALIAS dangerous, violent …1950s W. Indies sl.
– BAADASS very bad, very dangerous …1971 US sl.
– BETWEEN THE BEETLE AND THE BLOCK in a precarious or dangerous position …1589
– DANGER dangerous …1917 Amer. dial.
– DANGERFUL dangerous …1548 obs.
– DANGEROUS ready to run into or meet danger; venturesome …1621 obs. rare
– DANGERSOME dangerous …1567 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– DISCRIMINOUS hazardous, dangerous, perilous, full of jeopardy …1666 obs.
– DODGY risky, difficult, or dangerous …Aust. & NZ colloq.
– DUBROUS dubious, doubtful, dangerous …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– DUSTY tough, dangerous …M19 US sl.
– EXITIOUS destructive to life, deadly, fatal, ruinous, hurtful, dangerous …1563 obs.
– FEARLESS not regarded with fear; giving no cause for fear, free from danger …1599 obs.
– FILE dangerous …20C teen & high school sl.
– HAIRY dangerous, scary, frightening, esp. if thrilling, exciting …1945 US sl.
– HAZARDLY risky, dangerous …1575 obs. rare
– HOT 1. dangerous for criminal activity …1618 UK
2. dangerous to other criminals because of co-operation with the police …2003 US sl.
– IMPENDENT of evil, danger: that is about to fall or happen; imminent; near at hand …a1592 rare
– JEOPARDIOUS fraught with danger or risk; hazardous, risky, perilous, dangerous …1502 obs.
– JEOPARDOUS fraught with risk or danger; hazardous, risky, perilous, dangerous …1451 obs.
– LUBRIC slippery, shifty, deceitful; wavering, unsteady, uncertain; prone to danger or error …1631 obs.
– MISCHANCY unlucky; risky, dangerous; mischievous 1825 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– NECK-BREAK break-neck, dangerous, of speed etc., precipitous 1756 Sc.
– NEED-STEAD in difficulty or danger 1456 obs.
– ORGULOUS threatening, dangerous 1484 arch.
– PARLISH perilous, dangerous; of the weather: doubtful, uncertain 1642 Eng. dial.
– PARLOUS perilous, dangerous; of the weather: doubtful, uncertain 1642 Eng. dial.
– PERICULOUS dangerous, hazardous, full of peril 1547 obs.
– POKERISH somewhat dangerous, alarming, dreadful, spooky, frightful; affected by feelings of dread 1827 Amer. dial.
– RAMPTIOUS violent and reckless in behaviour; wild, active, dangerous; outrageous, quarrelsome, passionate 1953 Amer. dial.
– SHITTY dangerous 1970s US sl.
– SKETCH risky, dangerous 1970s US students’ sl.
– TICKLE risky, dangerous 1579 obs.
– UNCANNY dangerous, unsafe to meddle with; unruly, mischievous; suspected of evil doings 1787 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– UNCHANCY mischievous; dangerous; risky; not safe to meddle with 1786 chiefly Sc.
– UNCOOL unpleasant, aggressive, dangerous; excitable; tending to show your feelings more than is prudent or advisable 1953 US sl.
– VIGROUS vigorous; fierce, dangerous, bad-tempered …1836 Amer. dial.
– VIGUE-ROUS vigorous; fierce, dangerous, bad-tempered …1798 Amer. dial.
– WANCHANCIE, WANCHANCY unlucky, dangerous …a1774 Sc.
– WANCHANCY dangerous, risky …a1774 Sc.
– WARELESS unguarded, unconscious of danger …1565 obs.
– WARM of fighting, conflict, an onset: vigorously conducted; pressing hard on or harassing the foe; of a combatant: dangerous to tackle; of a locality: dangerous to live in, inhabited by turbulent spirits …1627
DANGER etc. – ADVERBS
– DANGER dangerously …1917 Amer. dial.
– DANGERFULLY dangerously …1548 obs.
– JEOPARDOUSLY dangerously …1494 obs.
– UNCANNILY dangerously …1873 Eng. dial.
DANGER etc. – NOUNS
– ALL-CLEAR denoting authorization to proceed with something; a signal that there is no further danger 1930s Amer. sl.
– BAD LANDS any dangerous area 1990 Amer. sl.
– BAD MEDICINE a dangerous, unfortunate, or objectionable person or thing 1844 US West usage
– BAD NEWS a dangerous or disastrous person, thing, situation, etc. 1917 Amer. sl.
– DENT the time of greatest danger 1866 Eng. dial.
– DYNAMITE someone or something potentially unsettling, dangerous, or disastrous …1922
– EDGE CITY a notional place where people live on the edge of danger …1970 US sl.
– LARUM a call to arms; a battle-cry; news of an enemy’s approach; any sound to warn of danger …1549
– NASTY an unpleasant or dangerous thing …1968 Amer. sl.
– A PAD IN THE STRAW something amiss; a danger concealed; something wrong …1530 obs.
– REAR EXIT a retreat or flight from danger …1957 US sl.
– SCATHE injury, damage, hurt, loss, danger; expense …1641 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– SNAKE IN THE GRASS a sneaky, despised, underhanded person; a lurking danger …17C colloq.
– SWORD OF DAMOCLES used of an imminent danger which may at any moment descend upon one …1747
– VENTURE danger, jeopardy, hazard, or peril; the chance or risk of incurring harm or loss …1550 obs.
DANGER etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– BAD ACTOR a person who behaves immorally; an unpleasant individual, an aggressive troublemaker; an habitual brawler; a dangerous person …1848 sl.
– BAD-ASS an unpleasant, aggressive, intimidating, or uncompromising person; a dangerous, browbeating individual; a bully …1956 sl., orig. & chiefly US
– BAD CROWD an unpleasant, untrustworthy person; a troublemaker; a habitual brawler; a dangerous person …1883 US sl.
– BAD HAT a mischievous or wayward person; a rascal; a troublemaker; an habitual brawler; a dangerous person …1831 sl.
– BAD MAN a dangerous person, usually a police officer or informer …Bk1992 criminals’ sl.
– BAD MEDICINE a dangerous, unfortunate, or objectionable person or thing …1844 US West usage
– BAD NEWS a dangerous or disastrous person, thing, situation, etc. …1917 Amer. sl.
– BAD SHIT a bad or extremely unpleasant person, usually male; a dangerous or deceptive person …Bk1975 Amer sl.
– BIG MEDICINE a dangerous person …1915 US sl.
– D.C. a Dangerous Character …1930s US criminals’ sl.
– DYNAMITE someone or something potentially unsettling, dangerous, or disastrous …1922
– HAIRY DOG a violent, dangerous, or formidable fellow …1967 US West. sl.
– HAIRY WOLF a violent, dangerous, or formidable fellow …1926 US West. sl.
– HARD CASE a hardened criminal; an outlaw; a person who is difficult to dangerous to deal with; a tough, ruthless, aggressive person …1836 colloq., orig. US
– HARD LOG – a person who is difficult or dangerous to deal with; an aggressive or unsentimental person, a tough person; a dangerous enemy …1929 US sl.
– HARD NUT – a person who is difficult or dangerous to deal with; an aggressive or unsentimental person; a tough, pugnacious, or recalcitrant person; a dangerous enemy …1848
– HARD TICKET – a person who is difficult or dangerous to deal with; an unscrupulous person; a ruthless, uncompromising, tough, or recalcitrant person …1847 sl., orig. & chiefly US
– HEAVY LIFTER – a dangerous, tough person …2001 US sl.
– HELLCAT a volatile and dangerous woman …1605
– NAIL a person of an over-reaching, imposing disposition; a tough or dangerous fellow …1812 sl.
– NASTY an unpleasant or dangerous person; a villain; a hateful, offensive person …1968 Amer. sl.
– VENTURER one who undertakes something risky, difficult, or dangerous …a1560
– WRONG NUMBER a dangerous person …1920s US sl.
DANGER etc. – PHRASES
– a great and urgent danger threatens HANNIBAL IS AT THE GATES 1689
– a humorous response to a suggestion that a proposed activity is dangerous DANGER IS MY BUSINESS 1966 US sl.
– describing a notably dangerous person MEAN ENOUGH TO STEAL THE PENNIES OFF A DEAD MAN’S EYES M19 US sl.
– in a dangerous, difficult, or chaotic situation UP TO ONE’S ARMPITS IN ALLIGATORS 1982 sl., chiefly US
– in a dangerous, difficult, or chaotic situation UP TO ONE’S ASS IN ALLIGATORS 2004 sl., chiefly US
– in a dangerous, difficult, or chaotic situation UP TO ONE’S EARS IN ALLIGATORS 1964 sl., chiefly US
– in a dangerous, difficult, or chaotic situation UP TO ONE’S EYEBALLS IN ALLIGATORS 1984 sl., chiefly US
– in a dangerous, difficult, or chaotic situation UP TO ONE’S NECK IN ALLIGATORS 1970 sl., chiefly US
– in a dangerous, untenable or disadvantageous position CAUGHT IN THE WEWOKA SWITCH 1951 Amer. dial.
– it’s very dangerous, very disappointing, or unpleasant IT’S NO CATCH 19C sl.
– not to exult till all danger or difficulty is past NOT TO HALLOO UNTIL ONE IS OUT OF THE WOOD 1801
– one is exposed to danger or difficulty ONE’S ASS IS IN THE WIND 1964 Amer. sl.
– one is in danger; ‘one’s name is mud’ ONE’S ASS IS MUD 1961 Amer. sl.
– out of a small danger into a great one OUT OF THE SMOKE INTO THE FIRE 1547 obs.
– out of danger from one’s attacks OUT OF ONE’S LASH 1586 obs.
– things became very dangerous, turbulent, noisy, etc. ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE 20C
– used as a warning to indicate impending danger KATIE-BAR-THE-DOOR; KATY-BAR-THE-GATE 20C US sl.
DANGER etc. – VERBS
– to be dangerous or ill-tempered CARRY HAY IN ONE’S HORNS 1648
– to be out of danger PASS THE PIKES M17 sl.
– to expose oneself to danger; to ‘stick one’s neck out’ HANG ONE’S ASS OUT 1947 Amer. sl.
– to hang threateningly or hover over as about to fall; said of danger or evil IMPEND 1599
– to run away from danger; to back down from a confrontation BONE OUT 1993 US
– to sport with what is dangerous; to amuse oneself with something that may cause one serious harm JEST WITH EDGE TOOLS 1579
– to sport with what is dangerous; to amuse oneself with something that may cause one serious harm PLAY WITH EDGE-TOOLS 1594
– to walk into danger unflinchingly MARCH UP TO THE CANNON’S MOUTH 1801
DANGLE, DANGLING – ADJECTIVES
– beset with things dangling about one BEDANGLED 1601
– dangling DANKING Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– dangling free A-COCKBILL 19C nautical colloq.
DANGLE etc. – ADVERBS
– in a dangling state or position A-DANGLE 1855
DANGLE etc. – NOUNS
– a dangling loose; the act of fluttering WALLOP Bk1905 Sc.
– a dangling thing; a pendant TANKLING 1874 Eng. dial.
– anything dangling and long, as a tress of hair, a long root-fibre, a torn loosely-pendent strip of cloth, etc. TANGLE 1864 Eng. dial.
– dangling appendages; tassels, etc. DANGLEMENTS 1855 Eng. dial.
DANGLE etc. – VERBS
– to dangle the legs DILLUP Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– to dangle, to hang loosely DINGLE 1885 Eng. dial.
– to dangle, to hang loosely DINGLE-DANGLE 1885 Eng. dial.
– to dangle, to hang loosely; to bulge, to swell out as a bag PAGGLE c1590 obs.
– to dangle; to jolt, as a cart on a rough road DANYEL 1825 Sc. obs.
– to dangle, to move to and fro, to wave, to flap, to flutter, to swing or shake WALLOP 1822 chiefly Sc. & colloq.
DANGLER – NOUNS, PERSON
– a dangler; an officious but unmeaning suitor HANG-SLEEVE B1900 Eng. dial.
DANISH – see Denmark
DANK – ADJECTIVES
– dank, misty, cloudy, foggy NEBULOUS 1386 rare
– dank, misty, rainy THONKY Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– dank, moist, dewy; resembling dew; falling like dew; abounding with dew ROSCID 1626 rare
DAPPER – ADJECTIVES
– DAP dapper; well-dressed; stylish, fashionable …1956 African-American
– NUNTY precise in dress, neat, trim, dapper …1856 Eng. dial.
DAPPER – NOUNS, PERSON
– DAPPERLING a little dapper fellow …1611
DAPPLED – ADJECTIVES
– DAPPLEDY dappled …1886 Eng. dial.
DARE, DAREDEVIL, DARING, DARINGLY – ADJECTIVES
– AUDACULOUS a little bold or daring …1603 obs.
– AUNTERSOME bold, daring, adventurous …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BALLSY courageous; daring; foolhardy …Bk2006 US sl.
– DAIROUS bold, daring …1790 Eng. dial. obs.
– DAREFUL full of daring or defiance; adventurous …1605 obs. rare
– DAROUS daring, bold … Bk1900 Eng. dial. obs.
– DERF bold, daring, courageous, brave …c1175 obs.
– GALLOWS attractive, wonderful; self-confident, quick-witted, brave, tough, bold, daring, ostentatious, nonchalant …1789 UK
– GAME AS NED KELLY very spirited, daring, brave; very willing …1927 Aust. sl.
– HOT of people: exuberant, flamboyant, or daring in the pursuit of pleasure; uninhibited, wild…1888 Amer. sl.
– JEOPARDOUS addicted to risks; venturesome, daring …1494
– KEEN brave, bold, valiant, daring …c897 obs.
– NERVY daring, audacious, pushing one’s luck …1897, orig. US
– STALWORTH brave, bold, daring, courageous, valiant, mighty …a1225 obs. exc. arch.
– VENTORIOUS characterized by venturesomeness; adventurous, bold, daring …1640 obs.
– YEPE active, nimble, brisk, alert, bold, daring …c1205 obs.
DARE etc. – ADVERBS
– ADVENTURELY adventurously, daringly …c1435 obs. rare
– BANDONLY recklessly, daringly …c1470 obs. rare
– HARDLY boldly, daringly, hardily …a1225 obs.
DARE etc. – NOUNS
– a challenge to a feat of daring SCOOGER 1921 Sc.
– a dare, a challenge BANTER 1840 Amer. dial.
– a daredevil spirit DARE-DEVILTRY 1886 Sc.
– a daring act; a feat of skill DAG L19 Aust. & NZ sl.
– a daring exploit; a deed involving peril JEOPARDY a1300 obs.
– a daring or brilliant action; a showy liveliness in manner, dress, behaviour DASHING c1800 colloq.
– a daring or brilliant action; a showy liveliness in manner, dress, behaviour DASHY c1820 colloq.
– a deed of daring; a bold exploit HARDIMENT 1375 obs.
– daring, boldness DARE 1595 obs.
– daring, boldness, courage, hardihood HARDIMENT c1374 arch.
DARE etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– DARE-ALL one who dares all …1840
– DARE-THE-DEIL one who fears nothing, and who will attempt anything …1814 Sc. obs.
– DICKY-LURCHER a person who is a ‘caution’l a dare-devil, careless fellow …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– GALLANT a gay, sprightly, airy, and courageous person; a high-spirited, daring person …1388 arch.
– GASSED-UN a daredevil; a hot-headed, high-spirited person …1893 Eng. dial.
– GASTON a daredevil; a hot-headed, high-spirited person …1893 Eng. dial.
– HARD SHOT an amusing, exciting, eccentric and/or resolute person; a ‘character’; typically one who is tough and adventurous, and a daredevil …1918 Aust. & NZ colloq.
– HARLOW a nickname for one who is blond and daring …Bk1972 homosexual sl.
– HELL-BENDING FOOL a formidable, outrageous person; a daredevil fellow …1909 US sl.
– HELL-RAKE a reckless or daring person; a rake; a rakehell …1774
– HELL-RAKER a wild, violent, reckless, daring, or exuberant person; a rake; a rakehell …1816
– HERB a witty, impertinent, or daring person …1950 UK sl.
– HIGH FLIER a brash, extravagant, or daring unconventional person, esp. one who makes a display of high or fast living; a fashionable prostitute …1663 colloq.
– JACK IN THE BEAN STACK an adventurous, daredevil person 1950s African-American sl.
– KILL-DEVIL a recklessly daring fellow a1593 obs.
– SCATTER-WILLIE a reckless, devil-may-care person; a scatterbrain 1960 Sc.
– TEAR-THE-WIND a violent, roistering, daredevil character 1905 Sc.
DARE etc. – PHRASES
– used of one who is very daring, cheeky, or outspoken MORE FRONT THAN BRIGHTON (BEACH) 1980s sl.
– used of one who is very daring, cheeky, or outspoken MORE FRONT THAN BUCKINGHAM PALACE 1980s sl.
– used of one who is very daring, cheeky, or outspoken MORE FRONT THAN FOY AND GIBSON’S 1950s Aust. sl.
– used of one who is very daring, cheeky, or outspoken MORE FRONT THAN HARRODS 1970s sl.
– used of one who is very daring, cheeky, or outspoken MORE FRONT THAN MYERS 1950s Aust. sl.
DARE etc. – VERBS
– to dare one to do anything SCADDLE Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– to dare someone to prove he is not a coward CHICKEN ONE OUT 1965 Amer. dial.
– to dare, to challenge one BACK ONE OUT 1840 Amer. dial.
– to dare, to challenge; to goad BANNER 1948 Amer. dial.
– to dare, to challenge; to goad BANTER 1810 Amer. dial.
– to dare, to challenge, to provoke DACKER Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– to dare, to challenge; to provoke to some hazardous deed DAUNT Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– to dare, to presume, to venture; to have the face to FASHION 1847 Eng. dial.
– to dare, to venture, to endeavour, to attempt; to presume MINT 1724 Sc.
– to do something daring (often a criminal act) and get away with it by being smarter, faster, and more deceitful than those set to prevent you; to play a dirty trick PULL A STROKE 1970 UK sl.
– to do something daring (often a criminal act) and hope to get away with it by being smarter, faster, and more deceitful than those set to prevent you; to play a dirty trick PULL A FAST ONE 1943 UK sl., orig. military
– to do something regarded as a physical feat, and dare others to do the same DO BANDIES 1928 Amer. dial.
– to go about daring others to perform hazardous feats GO A-DAMMERING 1790 Eng. dial. obs.
DARK, DARKEN, DARKENED, DARKENING, DARKLY, DARKNESS – ADJECTIVES
– causing or producing darkness TENEBRIFICOUS 1714 obs.
– completely dark DARK AS BELLOWS 1889 Eng. dial.
– completely dark DARK AS THREE FEET UP A BULL’S ASS 1984 Amer. dial.
– dark DAVE CLARK 2004 UK rhyming sl.
– dark TARKY Bk1905 Eng. dial. obs.
– dark THARK 1682 Eng. dial. obs.
– dark THARRY Bk1905 Eng. dial. obs.
– dark THURCK 1682 Eng. dial. obs.
– dark; black ELEELE 1938 Hawaii
– dark, black, sombre; of the colour of ebony EBON 1607 obs.
– dark, deep-coloured BASE 1533 obs.
– dark; devoid of the light of day DAYLESS 1816
– dark, dim DIMPSY 1892 Eng. dial.
– dark, dreary, dismal, lonely, solitary DERN 1824 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– dark, dusk DIMITY 1884 Eng. dial.
– dark, dusky OFFUSC 1849 obs. rare
– dark, dusky THARKY 1691 Eng. dial. obs.
– darkened, not illuminated, obscure OPACOUS 1621-3 obs.
– darkened, not illuminated, obscure OPAQUE c1420 obs.
– darkened, obscured OBFUSCATE 1531 rare or obs.
– darkened; obscured OBSCURATE 1471 obs.
– darkened, obscured OFFUSCATE 1603 rare
– darkened or clouded ADNUBILATED 1731 obs.
– darkened or covered as with a cloud; overclouded; obscured OBNUBILATE 1560 obs.
– darkened, overshadowed OBUMBRATE 1513 obs. rare
– darkening, growing dark MIRKNING Bk1903 Sc.
– dark, gloomy ACHERONTIC 1600
– dark, gloomy DARKLY 1821 Eng. dial.
– dark, gloomy MIRK-DIM 1896 Sc.
– dark, gloomy, dismal for want of light GLUMMY 1580 obs.
– dark, gloomy; dull; of heavy mood, doleful, sad, dejected HEAVISOME 1435 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– dark, gloomy, dusky; lacking light or lustre WAN c1230 chiefly poetic obs.
– dark, gloomy; happening in the dark DARKLIN(G) a1763
– dark, gloomy, obscure OBSCUROUS 1491 obs. rare
– dark, gloomy, obscure, dusky MIRK 1671 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– dark, gloomy, resembling a dungeon DUNGEONOUS 1908
– dark, hazy MOKE B1900 Eng. dial.
– dark in colour or aspect; dusky OBFUSCOUS 1822-34 rare
– dark, invisible, unseen; impenetrable by vision SIGHTLESS 1589
– dark, obscure THESTER a900 obs.
– dark, obscure; misty, dim, murky CALIGINOUS 1548 now arch.
– dark, shaded; said of colour UMBRATILE 1678 obs.
– dark, sombre EBONINE 1881
– dark, without light, non-luminous, opaque ILLUMINOUS 1656 rare
– exceptionally dark DARK AS THE INSIDE OF A COW 1871 US sl.
– exceptionally dark DARKER THAN THE INSIDE OF A BLACK COW’S ASS 1964 US sl.
– extremely dark BLACK AS THE NIGHT Bk1995 US sl.
– extremely dark DARK AS A BAG 19C colloq.
– extremely dark DARK AS A POCKET 19C nautical sl.
– extremely dark or evil BLACK AS COAL Bk1995 US sl.
– full of darkness DARKFUL a1050 rare
– full of darkness, dark DARKFUL a1050 rare
– full of darkness, dark TENEBROUS c1420
– full of darkness; very dark, obscure; gloomy TENEBRICOSE 1730-6 rare
– having the quality of darkening OBUMBRATORY 1799 rare
– made dark or gloomy SULLIED c1600 obs.
– of a dark or sombre hue; dusky, swarthy FUSCOUS 1671
– of dark character morally DARKSOME 1880
– overtaken by darkness BENIGHTED 1805 Amer. dial.
– passing into a dark or dusky hue; approaching to brown in colour FUSCESCENT 1881 rare
– rather dark DARK-WISE 1896 Sc.
– resembling December in darkness and dreariness DECEMBERLY 1765 obs.
– somewhat dark MIRKSOME 1892 Sc.
– somewhat dark in shade or colour DARKSOME 1615
– somewhat dark or gloomy DARKSOME 1530
– tending to render dark or obscure OBSCURATIVE 1664 obs. rare
– very dark DARK AS A NIGGER’S POCKET M19 Aust. sl., now offensive
– very dark DARK AS AN ABO’S ARSEHOLE 1960s Aust. sl.
– very dark indeed DARK AS A BOOT Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– very dark indeed DARK AS BLACK HOGS Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– very dark indeed DARK AS DUNGEON 1892 Eng. dial.
– very dark indeed DARK AS NEWGATE KNOCKER Bk1900 Eng. dial.
DARK etc. – ADVERBS
– dark, gloomy; in gloom A-DUSK 1856
– in darkness; in the dark DARKLING a1450
– in the dark DARKLINGS a1656 rare
– in the dark DARKLINS 1786 Sc.
– in the dark DARKLONG 1561 obs.
– in the dark MIRKLINGS 1790 Eng. dial.
DARK etc. – NOUNS
– a darkening GLUMMERIN 1902 Amer. dial.
– a darkening, obscuration OBFUSCATION 1608
– a darkening, obscuration OBFUSCITY 1832 rare
– a darkening, obscuration OFFUSCATION 1502 rare
– a darkening; obscurity FUSCATION 1656 obs.
– a darkening; the act of overshadowing or the condition of being overshadowed OBTENEBRATION 1626
– a darkening, the fact of being darkened as with a cloud; obscuration OBNUBILATION 1610
– a dark, ill-lighted room or passage DIMMERY Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– darkness DARKHEDE 1297 obs.
– darkness DERN a1513 obs.
– darkness MIRKNESS 1785 Sc.
– darkness THESTER c897 obs.
– darkness, dimness FUSCITY 1727 obs.
– darkness, gloom; the close of the day, night MIRK 1785 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– darkness, nightfall MIRKIN(S) Bk1903 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– darkness, obscurity DARKSOMENESS 1571
– physical, intellectual, or moral darkness BENIGHTMENT 1651
– real darkness rather than twilight or dusky dark; as dark as it will get GOOD DARK 1929 Amer. dial.
– the darkness before sunrise and after sunset CAN’T SEE 1941 Amer. dial.
– the darkness before sunrise and after sunset CAN’T 1931 Amer. dial.
– the dark, the cloud of the night OWL-LIGHT 1599
DARK etc. – VERBS
– to become dark COME DARK OVER Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– to become dark, discoloured, or livid WAN c1000 obs.
– to become dark or dim; to become dull in colour to lose colour, to fade DUN a1400 obs.
– to become dark, to grow dim; to make dark THESTER a900 obs.
– to darken greatly TO-DARKEN 1382 obs.
– to darken, overcast MIRK 1691 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– to darken, to cloud; to involve in darkness BENIGHT a1631
– to darken, to dim, to cover, or hide with or as with a cloud; to overcloud; to obscure OBNUBILATE 1583
– to darken, to hide; to make obscure BECLOUD 1619
– to darken, to obscure OFFUSQUE a1751 obs. rare
– to darken, to obscure (physically); to deprive of light or brightness; to make dark or dusky OBFUSCATE 1650 rare
– to darken, to obscure (physically); to deprive of light or brightness; to make dark or dusky OBFUSK 1490 obs.
– to darken, to obscure (physically); to deprive of light or brightness; to make dark or dusky OFFUSCATE 1656 rare
– to darken, to shade, to overshadow; to cast a shadow over OBTENEBRATE 1611
– to darken, to shade, to overshadow; to cast a shadow over OBTENEBRIZE 1653 obs.
– to darken, to shade, to overshadow; to obscure OBUMBRATE 1526 rare
– to grow dark or dusk in the evening DARKEN IN Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– to grow dark or dusk; to look dark DARKLE 1823
– to grow dark; said of the day PINK IN 1939 Amer. dial.
– to grow dark; to darken; to cloud with something evil DARK c1340 obs.
– to make dark or dim DAMMER 1610 obs. rare
– to render dark or obscure DARKLE 1884
DARK (wicked, evil) – NOUNS
– the personality of one who is dark DARKSHIP 1707 nonce word obs.
DARK (wicked, evil) – NOUNS, PERSON
– a child of darkness; a person dark in nature or character DARKLING 1773 nonce word
DARK-COMPLEXIONED, DARK-SKINNED – ADJECTIVES (also see BLACK)
– dark-complexioned BRUNET 1890
– extremely dark-skinned DAMBLACK 1930s African-American sl.
DARK-COMPLEXIONED etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a dark-complexioned girl or woman; a brunette BRUNE 1870
– a dark-complexioned person BRUNET 1888
– a dark-complexioned person, esp. a person of African or Asian descent MONKEY 1839-40 Amer. sl., usually offensive and contemptuous
– a dark-skinned person of any race MOKE 1871 Amer. sl., usually contemptuous and offensive
– a notably dark-complexioned person NAGO 1940s W. Indies sl.
– a person with very dark features BLACK SMOLLICHER 1911 Sc.
– a woman with dark skin, eyes or hair GIPSIE; GIPSY; GYPSY 1612 obs.
DANE – see Denmark