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[duhs-kee] /ˈdʌs ki/
adjective, duskier, duskiest.
somewhat dark; having little light; dim; shadowy.
having dark skin.
of a dark color.
gloomy; sad.
Origin of dusky
1550-60; dusk2 + -y1
Related forms
duskily, adverb
duskiness, noun Unabridged
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  • It was nearly dark, but not quite, for the covered embers still sent out a dusky glow.

    Toto's Merry Winter Laura E. Richards
  • An Indian, half hidden in the dusky shade, is gazing and wondering too.

    Main Street Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • At length he perceived a dusky white form advancing in the distant dim obscurity.

    Alonzo and Melissa Daniel Jackson, Jr.
  • In a little time, there was a crucifix on every dusky bosom.

    A Bell's Biography Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • If she paled, the dusky stain in whose existence Virginia so tenaciously believed hid the sign of her emotion.

    The Castle Of The Shadows Alice Muriel Williamson
  • He had his bow and arrows with him but no lance, and it was getting too dusky for hunting.

    Two Arrows William O. Stoddard
  • No, I think not, thoughtfully Merle raises a dusky purple grape to her crimson lips.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
  • The dusky vagrant was alone and walking at a moderate pace from the youth.

    Two Boys in Wyoming Edward S. Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for dusky


adjective duskier, duskiest
dark in colour; swarthy or dark-skinned
Derived Forms
duskily, adverb
duskiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dusky

1550s, "somewhat dark," from dusk + -y (2). Related: Duskiness.

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