\ ˈdə-skē How to pronounce dusky (audio) \
duskier; duskiest

Definition of dusky

1 : somewhat dark in color specifically : having dark skin
2 : marked by slight or deficient light : shadowy

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Other Words from dusky

duskily \ ˈdə-​skə-​lē How to pronounce duskily (audio) \ adverb
duskiness \ ˈdə-​skē-​nəs How to pronounce duskiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of dusky in a Sentence

in the dusky depths of the dungeon
Recent Examples on the Web By December, all that remain are the clean-up crew — hawks, owls, buzzards — the noisemakers — crows, jays, woodpeckers — and the winter flock of dusky little ones. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "Reading Thomas Hardy’s ‘The Darkling Thrush’ at Year’s End," 19 Dec. 2019 By eight that evening, a hundred and fifty people had convened to hear the answer at Avenue, a narrow, dusky club on Tenth Avenue, in Chelsea. Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker, "The Book of Prince," 2 Sep. 2019 Tracking a wide range of species — blue shark, tiger shark, shortfin mako, great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, porbeagle, and dusky shark — the researchers sought to visualize all the human infrastructure that sharks must navigate. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Overfishing is decimating sharks. This map shows where they cross paths with fishing boats.," 26 July 2018 Exploring and recording the Martian landscape Around the time when Mars is closest, even a 3-inch (8 centimeters) telescope can show dusky markings on its small, red disk, as well as the bright white of the polar cap. Joe Rao, Space.com, "Mars Makes Its Closest Approach in 15 Years This Summer: How to See It," 29 May 2018 Even the smells change, from the crisp air of the fields to a dense, dusky scent. Michael J. Bailey, BostonGlobe.com, "Rhododendron rhapsody on Roan Mountain," 9 May 2018 Before the fruity cherry notes hit the palate, you are confronted with intriguing, dusky bitterness, the kind of taste that drives the best amaros. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "A New Cherry Liqueur, Made in America," 5 Mar. 2018 When one is inactivated by mutation, the color becomes either reddish or dusky purple. Gar Joseph, Philly.com, "Cheap Buzz: The Genetics of Wine Color," 18 Oct. 2017 Gomes with Stella Abrera and Alban Lendorf with Sara Lane —costumed by Keso Dekker in stylish outfits in jewel-tone hues befitting the dusky effects of Brad Fields’s lighting. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "In Tchaikovsky’s Footsteps," 5 July 2017

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First Known Use of dusky

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dusky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dusky. Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dusky

: somewhat dark


\ ˈdə-skē How to pronounce dusky (audio) \
duskier; duskiest

Kids Definition of dusky

1 : somewhat dark in color a dusky bird
2 : somewhat dark : dim It was dusky inside the store after the outdoor brightness.— Zilpha Keatley Snyder, The Egypt Game

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