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[duhsk] /dʌsk/
tending to darkness; dark.
verb (used with or without object)
to make or become dusk; darken.
Origin of dusk2
before 1000; Middle English duske (adj.), dusken (v.); metathetic alteration of Old English dox dusky, doxian to turn dark; cognate with L. fuscus dark
Related forms
duskish, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dusked
Historical Examples
  • But while we have been going about looking at one view and another, the day has dusked.

    The N Plays of Japan Arthur Waley
  • Blue-grey light from between the venetian blinds just dusked the room.

    The Return Walter de la Mare
  • He rode back; and the evening dusked along the wooded roads.

    The Twilight of the Souls

    Louis Couperus
  • Above him a column ascended, bluely spiral, dusked with shadow.

  • For neither is the Church of God such as it may not be dusked with some spot, or asketh not sometime reparation.

  • His well-fitting coat of wood-brown and soft white, dusked and dotted with black, accord with the natural dignity of the bird.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • The moving tidal water was grass-green, save where dusked with long, mauve shadows.

  • His shoulders and back gleamed ivory-white, dusked flickering here and there with leaf-shadows.

  • Grief wanders in her moonlit walk and sheds no tear; and when thy crescent smiles the lustre of Joy's revelling eye is dusked.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • But then how often overcast by the clouds of care, how often dusked by the blight of misery and misfortune!

    Henrietta Temple Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for dusked


twilight or the darker part of twilight
(poetic) gloom; shade
(poetic) shady; gloomy
(poetic) to make or become dark
Word Origin
Old English dox; related to Old Saxon dosan brown, Old High German tusin yellow, Norwegian dusmen misty, Latin fuscus dark brown
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Word Origin and History for dusked



c.1200, dosk "obscure, to become dark," perhaps from Old English dox "dark-haired, dark from the absence of light" (cognate with Swedish duska "be misty," Latin fuscus "dark," Sanskrit dhusarah "dust-colored;" also cf. Old English dosan "chestnut-brown," Old High German tusin "pale yellow") with transposition of -k- and -s-, perhaps via a Northumbrian variant (cf. colloquial ax for ask). But OED notes that "few of our words in -sk are of OE origin." A color word originally; the sense of "twilight" is recorded from 1620s.

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