subfusc

[ suhb-fuhsk ]
/ sʌbˈfʌsk /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. subfertility,
  2. subfield,
  3. subfix,
  4. subfloor,
  5. subfreezing,
  6. subfuscous,
  7. subgeneric,
  8. subgenre,
  9. subgenus,
  10. subgingival

Origin of subfusc

1755–65; < Latin subfuscus subfuscous

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Examples from the Web for subfusc

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

    Shandygaff|Christopher Morley


British Dictionary definitions for subfusc

subfusc

/ (ˈsʌbfʌsk) /

adjective

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

noun

(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

subfusc

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

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