dusk c.1200, dosk "obscure, to become dark," perhaps from O.E. dox "dark-haired, dark from the absence of light" (cognate with Swed. duska "be misty," L. fuscus "dark," Skt. dhusarah "dust-colored;" also Cf. O.E. dosan "chestnut-brown," O.H.G. tusin "pale yellow") with transposition of -k- and -s-, perhaps via a Northumbrian variant (Cf. colloquial ax for ASK (Cf. ask)). But OED notes that "few of our words in -sk are of OE origin." A color word originally; the sense of "twilight" is recorded from 1620s.

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