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dusk

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[ duhsk ]
/ dʌsk /
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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.
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Origin of dusk

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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

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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
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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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