duskier; duskiest
: somewhat dark in color
specifically : having dark skin
: marked by slight or deficient light : shadowy
duskily adverb
duskiness noun

Example Sentences

in the dusky depths of the dungeon
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Word History

First Known Use

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dusky was in 1558

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“Dusky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dusky. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


duskier; duskiest
: somewhat dark in color
: somewhat dark : dim
a dusky room
duskily adverb
duskiness noun

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