Dictionary.com

dusk

1
[ duhsk ]
/ dʌsk /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: dusk / dusker / duskest on Thesaurus.com

noun
the state or period of partial darkness between day and night; the dark part of twilight.
partial darkness; shade; gloom: She was barely visible in the dusk of the room.
QUIZ
SPRINT TO THE FINISH WITH THIS OLYMPICS QUIZ!
Compete in our Olympics quiz to see if you can take home the gold medal in Olympics knowledge.
Question 1 of 10
Where was the Olympics first held?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of dusk

1
First recorded in 1615–25; back formation from dusky

Other definitions for dusk (2 of 2)

dusk2
[ duhsk ]
/ dʌsk /

adjective
tending to darkness; dark.
verb (used with or without object)
to make or become dusk; darken.

Origin of dusk

2
before 1000; Middle English duske (adj.), dusken (v.); metathetic alteration of Old English dox dusky, doxian to turn dark; cognate with L. fuscus dark

OTHER WORDS FROM dusk

duskish, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use dusk in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dusk

dusk
/ (dʌsk) /

noun
twilight or the darker part of twilight
poetic gloom; shade
adjective
poetic shady; gloomy
verb
poetic to make or become dark

Word Origin for dusk

Old English dox; related to Old Saxon dosan brown, Old High German tusin yellow, Norwegian dusmen misty, Latin fuscus dark brown
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK