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dusk1

[duhsk] /dʌsk/
noun
1.
the state or period of partial darkness between day and night; the dark part of twilight.
2.
partial darkness; shade; gloom:
She was barely visible in the dusk of the room.
Origin of dusk1
1615-1625
1615-25; back formation from dusky

dusk2

[duhsk] /dʌsk/
adjective
1.
tending to darkness; dark.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
2.
to make or become dusk; darken.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English duske (adj.), dusken (v.); metathetic alteration of Old English dox dusky, doxian to turn dark; cognate with L. fuscus dark
Related forms
duskish, adjective
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  • dusk of that day had fallen before the word came to the deserted hotel.

    V. V.'s Eyes Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • The rain and dusk were so heavy that they could not see fifty feet, and they shivered with cold.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • The time wore slowly on; the dusk became dimmer and dimmer, until it nearly bordered on total darkness.

    The Purcell Papers Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • A figure approaching in the dusk greeted Dick with a shout of delight.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Both our counsels made eloquent speeches, and just as dusk was falling, the Judge began his summing up.

    Sheilah McLeod Guy Boothby
British Dictionary definitions for dusk

dusk

/dʌsk/
noun
1.
twilight or the darker part of twilight
2.
(poetic) gloom; shade
adjective
3.
(poetic) shady; gloomy
verb
4.
(poetic) to make or become dark
Word Origin
Old English dox; related to Old Saxon dosan brown, Old High German tusin yellow, Norwegian dusmen misty, Latin fuscus dark brown
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Word Origin and History for dusk
n.

c.1200, dosk "obscure, to become dark," perhaps from Old English dox "dark-haired, dark from the absence of light" (cognate with Swedish duska "be misty," Latin fuscus "dark," Sanskrit dhusarah "dust-colored;" also cf. Old English dosan "chestnut-brown," Old High German tusin "pale yellow") with transposition of -k- and -s-, perhaps via a Northumbrian variant (cf. colloquial ax for ask). But OED notes that "few of our words in -sk are of OE origin." A color word originally; the sense of "twilight" is recorded from 1620s.

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