\ 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 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 In the dusky-gopher-frog case, the federal government acknowledged the designation could decrease the value of the Poitevents’ land by up to $34 million. Tate Watkins, National Review, "The Trump Administration Takes a Step toward Better Protecting Endangered Species," 14 Aug. 2020 The button-up comes in a range of pretty, dusky colors. Malia Griggs, SELF, "I Finally Found a Sun Protective Shirt That’s Actually Cute," 30 July 2020 One by one, stars appear, then the luminous river and dusky lagoons of the Milky Way. Alan Hirshfeld, WSJ, "‘A Scheme of Heaven’ Review: Celestial Divination," 18 June 2020 Its colors—brown, a range of grays, or rarely, a dusky pink—help the animal blend into the sediment-laden river. National Geographic, "One of world's rarest dolphins rebounding in Pakistan," 18 June 2020 By contrast, in the painting’s warm, dusky hues, Napoleon is a florid pillar of unperturbed, even heroic strength. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Napoleon has it all over Trump when it comes to spinning plague propaganda," 23 Apr. 2020 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

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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 25 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce dusky (audio)

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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