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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.
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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 dusky

funereal, bleak, brunette, cheerless, cloudy, dark, desolate, dim, dismal, dull, gloomy, joyless, obscure, overcast, sable, shadowy, shady, swarthy, tenebrous, twilight

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Contemporary Examples of dusky

Historical Examples of dusky

  • Do you observe this red glow,—dusky, too, amid all the brightness?

    Other Tales and Sketches

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • An Indian, half hidden in the dusky shade, is gazing and wondering too.

    Main Street

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • In a little time, there was a crucifix on every dusky bosom.

    A Bell's Biography

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • As for George, he had withdrawn into the dusky shadow behind his father's chair.

    Biographical Stories

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • There against the outer wall stood a dusky ill-defined shape.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for dusky


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


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

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