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[duhs-kee] /ˈdʌs ki/
adjective, duskier, duskiest.
somewhat dark; having little light; dim; shadowy.
Older Use: Chiefly Literary. having dark skin.
of a dark color.
gloomy; sad.
Origin of dusky
First recorded in 1550-60; dusk2 + -y1
Related forms
duskily, adverb
duskiness, noun Unabridged
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  • But all the ways of the owl are ways of softness and duskiness.

  • Was it the duskiness of the evening, or passion, that made his face so dark?

    Trevethlan: Volume 1 William Davy Watson
  • At last our old friend, the brook, peeped out again from the duskiness, and we pitched our camp on the bank.

  • He remarked the hat she wore, and the delicacy of a little ear against her hair's duskiness.

    Cynthia Leonard Merrick
  • Her eyes, over which heavy lashes drooped diffidently, were bafflingly deep, as with rich colour drowned in duskiness.

    The Roof Tree Charles Neville Buck
  • It flickered, and struggled with the duskiness, but could not half light up the gloomy cavern with all its melancholy glimmer.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • She clapped her hands for joy, and beckoning him to make haste, disappeared among the duskiness of the trees.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • He stooped down; but the duskiness of the valley, and the obscurity of twilight would not allow him to distinguish her features.

    Undine Friedrich de la Motte Fouque
  • At length, when they had gone further and further into the heart of the duskiness, Medea squeezed Jason's hand.

  • She clapped her hands for joy, and beckoning him to haste, disappeared among the duskiness of the trees.

British Dictionary definitions for duskiness


adjective duskier, duskiest
dark in colour; swarthy or dark-skinned
Derived Forms
duskily, adverb
duskiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for duskiness



1550s, "somewhat dark," from dusk + -y (2). Related: Duskiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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