\ 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 Oscar Faura’s seductive lensing implies secrets hidden in dusky shadows and blinding sunlight, while Natalia Holt’s viola-heavy score is a thing of mournful, jittery beauty. Guy Lodge, Variety, 27 Sep. 2021 The lobby, a gorgeous study in marble, dusky velvet banquettes, and suspended sun and moon sculptures by artist Andrew Rae, makes for a nice introduction of what’s to come. Nicole Trilivas, Forbes, 19 Sep. 2021 His lips, hands and feet had a dusky hue from this lack of well-​oxygenated blood. New York Times, 8 Sep. 2021 The singular characteristic of these bays was Great Whin Sill, a band of igneous dolerite — a dusky, crystalline rock — that erupted from the sea in stratified cliffs and headlands. Henry Wismayer, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2021 Instead, the film’s images emphasize the vast, desolate serenity of the landscape — in seasonal variations from sun-grilled to snow-showered — and the height of the sky, often shown in dusky transition from green to orange to pink. Guy Lodge, Variety, 7 Sep. 2021 But its signature product emerged some 15 years later, when the founder’s son Phillip C. Murray introduced a cotton canvas pant in a faded, dusky red. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 28 July 2021 An additional visual touch comes by way of the prints that adorn the packaging and the vape pens: a black-and-white snakeskin for Amplify products, a dark and dusky tropical floral for Offline and an allover PG logo for Muse. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2021 Media outlets, including the Voice, had cut back on theater coverage, leaving anything that wasn’t either on Broadway or bound for it in the dark or in a dusky light. Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2021

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First Known Use of dusky

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Oct 2021

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“Dusky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dusky. Accessed 19 Oct. 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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