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dusky

[duhs-kee] /ˈdʌs ki/
adjective, duskier, duskiest.
1.
somewhat dark; having little light; dim; shadowy.
2.
having dark skin.
3.
of a dark color.
4.
gloomy; sad.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; dusk2 + -y1
Related forms
duskily, adverb
duskiness, noun
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Examples for dusky
  • Their dark dorsal hair and the dusky tint on their wings near the body are designed to absorb light energy efficiently.
  • The pelt consists of soft, thick underfur with long, glossy dark-red to dusky-brown guard hairs.
  • In duty-free shops across the region, its dusky, blue-tinted bottles are the arak of choice.
  • Females are darker than males, with dusky spotting, and never become totally white.
  • Costa's generally plainer on throat and underparts, without dusky throat spotting.
  • Winter adult: head and neck with fine dusky streaking and spotting.
  • There was a dusky, dreamy smell of flowers and the ghost of a new moon in the sky and shadows everywhere.
  • Eventually the sun itself emerges from behind the ridge, and the canyon settles into tones of gold and cream and dusky brown.
  • But her earthy, dusky-toned, vibrant voice is unforgettable and deeply affecting.
  • The coiffure of the dusky individuals receives attention by means of shears.
British Dictionary definitions for dusky

dusky

/ˈdʌskɪ/
adjective duskier, duskiest
1.
dark in colour; swarthy or dark-skinned
2.
dim
Derived Forms
duskily, adverb
duskiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dusky
dusky
1550s, "somewhat dark," from dusk + -y (2).
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