obscure etymology

English word obscure comes from Latin obscurus

Detailed word origin of obscure

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
obscurus Latin (lat) (of character) reserved, secret, close. Dark, dusky, shadowy. Indistinct, unintelligible, obscure. Intricate, involved, complicated. Unknown, unrecognized.
obscur Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
obscure English (eng) Dark, faint or indistinct.. Hidden, out of sight or inconspicuous.. Difficult to understand.. Not well-known. (intransitive, obsolete) To conceal oneself; to hide.. (transitive) To hide, put out of sight etc.. (transitive) To render obscure; to darken; to make dim; to keep in the dark; to hide; to make less visible, intelligible, legible, glorious, beautiful, or illustrious.