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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 of dusk2
1000
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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  • But while we have been going about looking at one view and another, the day has dusked.

    The N Plays of Japan Arthur Waley
  • Above him a column ascended, bluely spiral, dusked with shadow.

  • Grief wanders in her moonlit walk and sheds no tear; and when thy crescent smiles the lustre of Joy's revelling eye is dusked.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • For neither is the Church of God such as it may not be dusked with some spot, or asketh not sometime reparation.

  • Blue-grey light from between the venetian blinds just dusked the room.

    The Return Walter de la Mare
  • His well-fitting coat of wood-brown and soft white, dusked and dotted with black, accord with the natural dignity of the bird.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • But then how often overcast by the clouds of care, how often dusked by the blight of misery and misfortune!

    Henrietta Temple Benjamin Disraeli
  • The moving tidal water was grass-green, save where dusked with long, mauve shadows.

  • He rode back; and the evening dusked along the wooded roads.

    The Twilight of the Souls Louis Couperus
  • His shoulders and back gleamed ivory-white, dusked flickering here and there with leaf-shadows.

British Dictionary definitions for dusked

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 dusked

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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