- somewhat dark; having little light; dim; shadowy.
- Older Use: Chiefly Literary. having dark skin.
- of a dark color.
- gloomy; sad.
Origin of dusky
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Examples from the Web for dusky
The palette was gentle and pretty, focusing on rose pinks, lavenders, dusky mauve, mint, faun and pale lemon.Burberry Prorsum Spring/ Summer 2014
September 16, 2013
Unless by dusky hordes, you mean Wall Street banksters and well-tanned pols such as Speaker John Boehner.Paul Krugman’s Nasty and Inane Attack on ‘Libertarian Populism’
July 19, 2013
Do you observe this red glow,—dusky, too, amid all the brightness?Other Tales and Sketches
In a little time, there was a crucifix on every dusky bosom.A Bell's Biography
An Indian, half hidden in the dusky shade, is gazing and wondering too.Main Street
As for George, he had withdrawn into the dusky shadow behind his father's chair.Biographical Stories
There against the outer wall stood a dusky ill-defined shape.Wilfrid Cumbermede
- dark in colour; swarthy or dark-skinned
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Word Origin and History for dusky
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