subfuscous; dusky.
dark and dull; dingy; drab: a subfusc mining town.

Origin of subfusc

1755–65; < Latin subfuscus subfuscous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for subfusc

Historical Examples of subfusc

  • I was in knickerbockers and khaki shirt; Mifflin in greasy gray flannels and subfusc Norfolk.


    Christopher Morley

  • A pair of subfusc coloured trousers creased and looking absolutely new were presented to him in the same manner.

    The Man Who Lost Himself

    H. De Vere Stacpoole

British Dictionary definitions for subfusc



devoid of brightness or appeal; drab, dull, or dark


(at Oxford University) formal academic dress

Word Origin for subfusc

C18: from Latin subfuscus dusky, from fuscus dark
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Word Origin and History for subfusc

1710, from Latin subfuscus, variant of suffuscus, from sub- (see sub-) + fusk (see obfuscate).

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