\ 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 dusky (audio) \ adverb
duskiness \ ˈdə-​skē-​nəs How to pronounce dusky (audio) \ noun

Examples of dusky in a Sentence

in the dusky depths of the dungeon
Recent Examples on the Web While its impressive imagery is being shared across social media, another image has been added to the mix: a picture of Earth, Venus and Jupiter seen as twinkling lights in the dusky Mars skyline. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Viral photo of Earth, Venus and Jupiter from Mars isn't real," 26 Feb. 2021 Aranya peppercorns from Diaspora Company ($12 and up) are harvested from a family farm in Kerala, India, and—upon being crushed or ground—release a floral fire and a dusky, spicy roundness that verges on intoxicating. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "Just Buy Your Loved Ones Eleven Feet of Salami: A Food-Themed Gift Guide," 19 Dec. 2020 The role of gravy was played by a dusky curry sweetened with onions and carrots. Washington Post, "Shibuya Eatery lives up to its name, bringing Tokyo street food to Adams Morgan," 30 Oct. 2020 Spruce and dusky grouse can be located north of Boise, with the Payette, Sawtooth, and Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests being good places to start. Matt Hardinge, Outdoor Life, "5 Western States to Hunt for the Ultimate Upland Road Trip," 30 Oct. 2020 Leave it to one of the famously dark, dusky corners of New Orleans to produce a bright spot in the pandemic. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, "New Orleans dive bar Ms. Mae’s, landmark to hazy memories, will reopen with new owners," 27 Oct. 2020 The man had dusky-red circular patches on the palms of his hands and the soles of his feet. NBC News, "A rare Covid-19 complication was reported in children. Now, it's showing up in adults.," 16 Oct. 2020 So rather than tract housing, the prairies are home to rare and unusual plants and insects, such as the Acadian hairstreak, bunchgrass skipper and dusky wing butterflies. Paul Eisenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Landmarks: Prairies in Markham offer a glimpse into the distant past, and new opportunity to connect with community," 27 Sep. 2020 Startling in August, freak lightning storms, errant campfires, and a gender reveal party ignited fast-racing wildfires across the state, which blanketed homes outside the firelines with ash and turned the skies above the Bay Area a dusky tangerine. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "California Plans to Ban Sales of Gas-Powered Cars by 2035," 23 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of dusky

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Mar 2021

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“Dusky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dusky. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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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