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

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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Historical Examples of dusked

  • But while we have been going about looking at one view and another, the day has dusked.

    The N Plays of Japan

    Arthur Waley

  • Blue-grey light from between the venetian blinds just dusked the room.

    The Return

    Walter de la Mare

  • He rode back; and the evening dusked along the wooded roads.

  • Above him a column ascended, bluely spiral, dusked with shadow.

  • For neither is the Church of God such as it may not be dusked with some spot, or asketh not sometime reparation.

British Dictionary definitions for dusked


  1. twilight or the darker part of twilight
  2. poetic gloom; shade
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  1. poetic shady; gloomy
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  1. poetic to make or become dark
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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 dusked



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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