dusk

1
[duhsk]

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.

Nearby words

  1. durán,
  2. duse,
  3. duse, eleonora,
  4. dusek, jan ladislav,
  5. dushanbe,
  6. dusky,
  7. dusky grouse,
  8. dusky seaside sparrow,
  9. dusky shark,
  10. dussek

Origin of dusk

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

dusk

2
[duhsk]

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

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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