AskDefine | Define gloaming

Dictionary Definition

gloaming n : the time of day immediately following sunset; "he loved the twilight"; "they finished before the fall of night" [syn: twilight, dusk, nightfall, evenfall, fall, crepuscule, crepuscle]

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Old English glōmung.


  • italbrac RP /ˈgləʊmɪŋ/
  • italbrac US /ˈgloʊmɪŋ/
  • Rhymes with: -əʊmɪŋ


  1. twilight, as at early morning or (especially) early evening; dusk


  • 1898 — H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, Book 1, ch 6
    You may imagine the young people brushed up after the labours of the day, and making this novelty, as they would make any novelty, the excuse for walking together and enjoying a trivial flirtation. You may figure to yourself the hum of voices along the road in the gloaming...
  • 2001 — David Lodge, Thinks...
    I clung to her nipples as she soared and swooped through the gloaming, scooping up insects, and I remember the shapes of things that she flew between, above, beneath.




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Extensive Definition

Gloaming may refer to:
  • Gloaming, or twilight, the time after sunset and before dark
gloaming in Japanese: 黄昏

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