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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English dalke, dalk, from Old English dalc (clasp, buckle, brooch, bracelet), from Proto-Germanic *dalkaz (clasp, pin), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰelg- (to stick; needle, pin). Cognate with Icelandic dálkur (cloak-pin), Latin falx (scythe).

NounEdit

dalk (plural dalks)

  1. A pin; brooch; clasp

Etymology 2Edit

Perhaps a diminutive of dale, dell.

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

dalk (plural dalks)

  1. (now rare) A hollow or depression.
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 120:
      On a sunny September morning, with the trees still green, but the asters and fleabanes already taking over in ditch and dalk, Van set out for Ladoga, N.A.

AfrikaansEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Afrikaans dadelik (immediately), from Dutch dadelijk. The sense shift from “immediately” to “possibly” is similar to English dialectal drekly from directly.

AdverbEdit

dalk

  1. perchance, perhaps, possibly