Definition of dusky in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʌski/

adjective (duskier, duskiest)

1Darkish in colour: dusky red a dusky complexion
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  • It is similar to the outdoors Red Hot Poker but its colour, a dusky pink, is much less aggressive.
  • We are standing in a spacious kitchen painted a dusky pink colour that, were it a lipstick or nail varnish, would be called Plum Beautiful or Berry Sorbet.
  • This room is decorated in dusky pink colour with another sash window.
1.1 dated Used in euphemistic or poetic reference to black or other dark-skinned people: a dusky Moorish maiden
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  • One of my English correspondents has recently spent a couple of months in Indonesia and mentioned with approval the dusky maidens there.
  • I wandered about tripping over palm roots and bumping into dusky maidens in my fit of jet-lag and bliss, before falling asleep among the other bodies and bright cushions.
  • As a small crowd gathered to watch the dusky maiden play a few hands of blackjack, I asked one of the crowd whether she was a film-star or a Kiwi pop musician.
1.2 literary Dim: dusky light came from a small window
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  • Back then, the question of water quality in the Huangpu or Suzhou Creek was not an issue and one can imagine tourists bathing in the dusky light on a summer evening before returning to the Astor for an evening meal, drinks and a dance.
  • The sun dips around 1am, there's a dusky twilight and then light again at 3am.
  • It was just getting dark as we walked along the riverside to the Taj and the dusky light falling over the Ouse added to the romance of the outing.
1.3 [attributive] Used in names of animals with dark coloration, e.g. dusky dolphin, dusky warbler.
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  • An analysis of extrapair paternity in the dusky warbler, Phylloscopus fuscatus, revealed that females choose copulation partners on the basis of the quality but not of the quantity of song.
  • Researchers have identified what could be signature whistles in other dolphin species, including spotted, white-sided, and dusky dolphins.
  • To be surrounded by dozens of squawking, hissing sea birds with 10 ft wingspans was one thing, but add to that a pod of 600 acrobatic dusky dolphins and you had a wildlife spectacle to rival anything on earth.



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  • Once again, our favorite Upper East Side social diary shows us that, yes, indeed, she had duskily complected ‘best pals.’
  • Then he fashions Pastis, a ‘working-class’ beanery so duskily stunning and Galliphilic that the current City of Light can boast no new restaurant as unabashedly evocative of its past.
  • At the pot-luck, I talked to a vampirish beauty called Dafna, who paints duskily supernatural tableaux which she calls ‘Art for Healing’.


Pronunciation: /ˈdʌskɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • It's darker, is the first thing I notice when I open my eyes again; the shadows cast by the network of interlocking branches seem deeper and to spread further in every direction, a duskiness has even infected the air all around me.
  • We are not referring to bright occasional flashes but constant little flames that glow in the duskiness of someone's life, even a stranger's, to enrich it with loving-kindness.
  • Our voices have the knowing, late-night duskiness of alto-sax jazz.

Words that rhyme with dusky

husky, musky

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