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subfusc

[suhb-fuhsk] /sʌbˈfʌsk/
adjective
1.
subfuscous; dusky.
2.
dark and dull; dingy; drab:
a subfusc mining town.
Origin of subfusc
1755-1765
1755-65; < Latin subfuscus subfuscous
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  • I was in knickerbockers and khaki shirt; Mifflin in greasy gray flannels and subfusc Norfolk.

    Shandygaff

    Christopher Morley
  • A pair of subfusc coloured trousers creased and looking absolutely new were presented to him in the same manner.

    The Man Who Lost Himself

    H. De Vere Stacpoole
British Dictionary definitions for subfusc

subfusc

/ˈsʌbfʌsk/
adjective
1.
devoid of brightness or appeal; drab, dull, or dark
noun
2.
(at Oxford University) formal academic dress
Word Origin
C18: from Latin subfuscus dusky, from fuscus dark
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Word Origin and History for subfusc

1710, from Latin subfuscus, variant of suffuscus, from sub- (see sub-) + fusk (see obfuscate).

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