dusk

1
[ duhsk ]
/ dʌsk /

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.

Origin of dusk

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

Definition for dusk (2 of 2)

dusk

2
[ 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
Related formsdusk·ish, adjective
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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
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Word Origin and History for dusk

dusk


n.

c.1200, dosk "obscure, to become dark," perhaps from Old English dox "dark-haired, dark from the absence of light" (cognate with Swedish duska "be misty," Latin fuscus "dark," Sanskrit dhusarah "dust-colored;" also cf. Old English dosan "chestnut-brown," Old High German tusin "pale yellow") with transposition of -k- and -s-, perhaps via a Northumbrian variant (cf. colloquial ax for ask). But OED notes that "few of our words in -sk are of OE origin." A color word originally; the sense of "twilight" is recorded from 1620s.

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