\ 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

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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 Bearded Iris faded from dusky purple to smog orange in one photo, and in another two black goats munched on daisies. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Reflections of an Accidental Florist," 28 Aug. 2017 The result is big, shaggy and dusky gray to brown, but never the white of Jon Snow’s Ghost, because Schwarz figures pale fur would have stood out too much in the prehistoric flora and impeded hunting. Karin Brulliard, Washington Post, "Dire wolves were real. Now someone is trying to resurrect them.," 31 July 2017

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First Known Use of dusky

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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