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adjective, dusk·i·er, dusk·i·est.
  1. somewhat dark; having little light; dim; shadowy.
  2. Older Use: Chiefly Literary. having dark skin.
  3. of a dark color.
  4. gloomy; sad.

Origin of dusky

First recorded in 1550–60; dusk2 + -y1
Related formsdusk·i·ly, adverbdusk·i·ness, noun
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Related Words for duskiness

darkness, dusk, murkiness, sunset, blackness, night, dimness, twilight, sundown

Examples from the Web for duskiness

Historical Examples of duskiness

  • But all the ways of the owl are ways of softness and duskiness.

  • Was it the duskiness of the evening, or passion, that made his face so dark?

    Trevethlan: Volume 1

    William Davy Watson

  • At last our old friend, the brook, peeped out again from the duskiness, and we pitched our camp on the bank.

  • He remarked the hat she wore, and the delicacy of a little ear against her hair's duskiness.


    Leonard Merrick

  • Her eyes, over which heavy lashes drooped diffidently, were bafflingly deep, as with rich colour drowned in duskiness.

    The Roof Tree

    Charles Neville Buck

British Dictionary definitions for duskiness


adjective duskier or duskiest
  1. dark in colour; swarthy or dark-skinned
  2. dim
Derived Formsduskily, adverbduskiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for duskiness



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

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