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dusky

[duhs-kee] /ˈdʌs ki/
adjective, duskier, duskiest.
1.
somewhat dark; having little light; dim; shadowy.
2.
Older Use: Chiefly Literary. having dark skin.
3.
of a dark color.
4.
gloomy; sad.
Origin of dusky
1550-1560
First recorded in 1550-60; dusk2 + -y1
Related forms
duskily, adverb
duskiness, noun
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  • Do you observe this red glow,—dusky, too, amid all the brightness?

    Other Tales and Sketches Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • An Indian, half hidden in the dusky shade, is gazing and wondering too.

    Main Street Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • In a little time, there was a crucifix on every dusky bosom.

    A Bell's Biography Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • As for George, he had withdrawn into the dusky shadow behind his father's chair.

    Biographical Stories Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • There against the outer wall stood a dusky ill-defined shape.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • She stopped in the dusky starlight, and listened with her very soul.

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
  • Then from the dusky cloud by the wall sounded a voice feebly protesting.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He had his bow and arrows with him but no lance, and it was getting too dusky for hunting.

    Two Arrows William O. Stoddard
British Dictionary definitions for dusky

dusky

/ˈdʌskɪ/
adjective duskier, duskiest
1.
dark in colour; swarthy or dark-skinned
2.
dim
Derived Forms
duskily, adverb
duskiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dusky
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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