Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Dark and somber.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Dark; gloomy; obscure; shaded; cheerless.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Dark; gloomy; obscure; shaded; cheerless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Somewhat dark; gloomy; shadowy: as, a darksome house; a darksome cloud.

Etymologies

From dark +‎ -some. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Compounded or compacted terms like "darksome" and "lionlimb" are expressive in a way that seems the opposite of Thomas '"unable to rejoice" and "others could not": the power of explosive compression, forcing meanings together, rather than the unfolding power of directness.

    Slate Magazine

  • [used by Gerard Manley Hopkins] like "darksome" and "lionlimb" are expressive in a way that seems the opposite of [Edward] Thomas' "unable to rejoice" and "others could not": the power of explosive compression, forcing meanings together, rather than the unfolding power of directness.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • With darksome devouring eyes my bruisèd bones? and fan,

    Carrion Comfort « Unknowing

  • While trying to rid herself of the aforementioned insects, the Flashing Neon Foreshadowing kicks in, and Laura "lay a bruised and bleeding mass of humanity in the darksome depth of the old disused quarry, where her victim, the palefaced girl, had stood and shuddered, as she thought of the horror of a fall into that dreadful darkness!"

    The Little Professor:

  • This darksome burn, horseback brown, His rollrock highroad roaring down, In coop and in comb the fleece of his foam Flutes and low to the lake falls home.

    Inversnaid by Gerard Manley Hopkins

  • The two maidens resumed their former flight, and took refuge in the darksome den, entitled their bedroom, while the humpbacked postilion fled like the wind into the stable, and, with professional instinct, began, in the extremity of his terror, to saddle a horse.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • A convulsion fit followed, and seemed, by its violence, to explain that she was indeed bound for the last and darksome journey.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • He shall not descend into earth's darksome soil; so earnest a prayer will I address to the bride of the nether world, the daughter of the goddess Demeter, giver of increase, to release his soul, and debtor, as she is to me, show that she honours the friends of Orpheus.

    Rhesus

  • At such intervals the Baron smiled, but instantly resumed the darksome air of sullen meditation.

    The Monastery

  • So lovely were these seven sisters when they stood in the darksome vault, disrobed of all clothing saving a cymar of white silk, that their charms moved the hearts of those who were not mortal.

    The Talisman

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