dusky 1550s, "somewhat dark," from DUSK (Cf. dusk) + -Y (Cf. -y) (2).

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  • Dusky — Dusk y, a. 1. Partially dark or obscure; not luminous; dusk; as, a dusky valley. [1913 Webster] Through dusky lane and wrangling mart. Keble. [1913 Webster] 2. Tending to blackness in color; partially black; dark colored; not bright; as, a dusky… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dusky — [dus′kē] adj. duskier, duskiest 1. somewhat dark in color; esp., swarthy 2. lacking light; dim; shadowy 3. gloomy; melancholy SYN. DARK duskily adv. duskiness n. SYN. DUSKY suggests a darkness of color or …   English World dictionary

  • dusky — index indistinct, nebulous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • dusky — dim, *dark, obscure, murky, gloomy …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • dusky — [adj] dark hued; murky adusk, bistered, bleak, brunette, caliginous, cheerless, cloudy, crepuscular, dark, dark complexioned, darkish, desolate, dim, dismal, dull, funereal, gloomy, joyless, lightless, obscure, overcast, sable, shadowy, shady,… …   New thesaurus

  • dusky — ► ADJECTIVE (duskier, duskiest) ▪ darkish in colour. DERIVATIVES duskily adverb duskiness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • dusky — [[t]dʌ̱ski[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Dusky means rather dark. [LITERARY] Heavy gold earrings gleamed against her dusky cheeks... He was walking down the road one dusky Friday evening. 2) COMB in COLOUR A dusky colour is soft rather than bright.… …   English dictionary

  • dusky — 1. adjective /ˈdʌs.ki/ a) Dimly lit, as at dusk (evening). I like it when it is dusky, just before the street lights come on. b) A shade of color that is rather dark. The dusky rose was of a muted color, not clashing with any of the other colors …   Wiktionary

  • dusky — dusk|y [ˈdʌski] adj dark or not very bright in colour ▪ The room was filled with dusky shadows. dusky pink/orange/blue etc ▪ a dusky pink room …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dusky — adjective dark or not very bright in colour: The room was filled with dusky shadows. | dusky pink/orange/blue etc: a dusky pink room …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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