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Definition of "dusky" []

  • Characterized by little or inadequate light; shadowy. (adjective)
  • Rather dark in color: dusky skin. See Synonyms at dark. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "dusky" in a sentence
  • "Rather call the dusky and dark-haired Twilight, whose pensive face is limned against the western hills, by the name of that fierce and fervid Noon that stands erect under the hot zenith, instinct with the red blood of a thousand summers, casting her glittering tresses abroad upon the south-wind, and holding in her hands the all-unfolded rose of life."
  • "The country, England and India alike, are so satisfied with my rule over what I may, perhaps without offence, call our dusky"
  • "They seemed to have the contrary effect, making him irritable; and though he made up his mind to watch the stars peer out through the opalescent sky -- he did not call it opalescent, for the simple word dusky took its place -- even their soft light had no effect upon him, and to come to the result at once the would-be sleeper gave it up at last for a bad job."