duskier; duskiest
1
: somewhat dark in color
specifically : having dark skin
2
: marked by slight or deficient light : shadowy
duskily adverb
duskiness noun

Examples of dusky in a Sentence

in the dusky depths of the dungeon
Recent Examples on the Web Found in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and some African countries, spinels come in a range of colors, from vivid blue, pink and red to dusky grey, green and purple. Sarah Royce-Greensill, CNN, 11 June 2024 For years, my phone background has been a picture of paradise: a lush palm tree looms in the foreground, with glistening turquoise waters and dusky purple islands behind it. Sophie Dodd, Travel + Leisure, 10 June 2024 Every category is designed with big bathrooms built around giant soaking tubs and verandas for watching the dusky leaf monkeys chasing each other through the canopy. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 12 May 2024 Most of its body is a dusky blue-gray coloring and covered in white spots. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 1 Apr. 2024 Shades of this versatile color can run the gamut from dusky, pastel tones to golden, glowy hues. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, 20 Mar. 2024 Painted in dusky hues of ochre, burnt umber, olive green and terracotta, the interiors change throughout the day as sunlight streams through the huge windows. Rachel Howard, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Feb. 2024 With a dull gray to brown body, anglers often have difficulty distinguishing between a dusky and a sandbar shark. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 26 July 2023 Giant fish swim by and check him out—dusky sharks, hammerheads, marlins, silky sharks and swordfish, which have whacked at least one of his fellow divers. Joe Spring, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dusky was in 1542

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“Dusky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dusky. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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dusky

adjective
duskier; duskiest
1
: somewhat dark in color
2
: somewhat dark : dim
a dusky room
duskily adverb
duskiness noun

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