1. [mid-17C–early 18C; 1940s+] (later use W.I.) stupid, ignorant [SE dark, unenlightened, uninformed, as in dark ages].
2. [mid-19C+] (20C+ use Irish/W.I.) weak-sighted, nearly or actually blind.
3. [late 19C] (UK Und.) hidden.
4. [late 19C+] a derog. term meaning pertaining to black people; see combs. below [dark n. (2)].
5. [1980s+] (Aus. Und.) angry (with).
6. [1990s+] (UK black) aggressive, very serious.
7. [1990s+] (UK teen) a general negative, bad, unpleasant, second-rate etc.
[1950s–60s] (S.Afr.) the township of Alexandra, near Johannesburg.
[1900s–50s] (usu. Aus./US) a derog. term for a black person, a Native Australian.
[1970s] (Aus.) a derog. term for an Aborigine.
see separate entry.
[1950s+] (W.I.) a person of mixed race, with one-quarter white to three-quarters black.
[1960s] (US) a black person, usu. a woman, in a sexual context.
SE in slang uses
[mid-19C+] (UK / US prison) a prison punishment cell.
[18C–mid-19C] (UK Und.) one who keeps a mistress and only dares visit her surreptitiously at night.
[late 17C] a villain.
[mid–late 18C] (UK Und.) a dark lanthorn.
1. [late 19C] the vagina.
2. [late 19C-1910s] (US prison) a punishment cell.
3. [2000s] (S.Afr. gay) the anus.
1. [early 17C–mid-19C] a room used to confine the insane.
2. [late 17C] a tavern offering bedrooms for the night.
[18C-mid-19C] a thief’s candle or light, made so as to shut out the light when not needed.
[late 17C–mid-19C] a servant or agent who takes and transmits a bribe offered to his master.
[1940s] (US) for an African-American clientele.
[1960s] (Aus.) very dark.
[mid-19C–1910s] very dark.
see black as Newgate under black as... adj.
[mid-19C+] (Can./US) very dark.
[late 19C] to say nothing; esp. as imper. dark it! be quiet! keep quiet!
[1990s+] (UK black) to kill.
[mid-19C] to feign ignorance or incompetence.