dusky

[duhs-kee]

adjective, dusk·i·er, dusk·i·est.

somewhat dark; having little light; dim; shadowy.
Older Use: Chiefly Literary. having dark skin.
of a dark color.
gloomy; sad.

Nearby words

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

Origin of dusky

First recorded in 1550–60; dusk2 + -y1

Related formsdusk·i·ly, adverbdusk·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for duskiness

dusky

adjective duskier or duskiest

dark in colour; swarthy or dark-skinned
dim
Derived Formsduskily, adverbduskiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for duskiness

dusky

adj.

1550s, "somewhat dark," from dusk + -y (2). Related: Duskiness.

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