[ suhb-fuhsk ]
/ sʌbˈfʌsk /


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

  • 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

/ (ˈsʌbfʌsk) /


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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