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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
1550-60; dusk2 + -y1
Related forms
duskily, adverb
duskiness, noun Unabridged
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  • It was nearly dark, but not quite, for the covered embers still sent out a dusky glow.

    Toto's Merry Winter Laura E. Richards
  • The head and neck, in winter, are delicately pencilled with dusky lines.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • At length he perceived a dusky white form advancing in the distant dim obscurity.

    Alonzo and Melissa Daniel Jackson, Jr.
  • We had crossed a deep valley and were climbing a long hill in the dusky twilight.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • If she paled, the dusky stain in whose existence Virginia so tenaciously believed hid the sign of her emotion.

    The Castle Of The Shadows Alice Muriel Williamson
  • And back into his memory flashed that scene with her by the stove in the dusky bar.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • No, I think not, thoughtfully Merle raises a dusky purple grape to her crimson lips.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
  • They had left the dusky darkness of the trees, and struck off across the lawn.

British Dictionary definitions for dusky


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 dusky

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

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