Definition of dusk in English:


Syllabification: dusk
Pronunciation: /dəsk



[no object] literary Back to top  
  • Grow dark: (as adjective dusking) he saw the lights blaze in the dusking sky
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    • I watch the horizon dusking ripe and remember the darkness of that one film - the scene, that scene, when she collapses.
    • The night of the dance dawned - or should I say dusked?
    • She gazed into his troubled face, dark hair falling across green eyes, sunlight dusking his pale skin, like fate waking up to morning air.


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  • Shadowy, dim, or dark.
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    • She refused to be startled by the shifting dusk shadows.
    • They used the dusk shadows to their advantage by hiding in them.
    • From the valley comes a drumbeat of hooves as a tall horse gallops through the dusk shadows, bare but for a slim, young boy.


Old English dox 'dark, swarthy' and doxian 'darken in color', of Germanic origin; related to Old High German tusin 'darkish'; compare with dun1. The noun dates from the early 17th century The change in form from -x to -sk occurred in Middle English.

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