Definition of Dusky

1. Adjective. Lighted by or as if by twilight. "A boat on a twilit river"

Exact synonyms: Twilight, Twilit
Similar to: Dark
Derivative terms: Dusk, Duskiness

2. Adjective. Naturally having skin of a dark color. "`swart' is archaic"
Exact synonyms: Dark-skinned, Swart, Swarthy
Language type: Archaicism, Archaism
Similar to: Brunet, Brunette
Derivative terms: Duskiness, Swarthiness

Definition of Dusky

1. a. Partially dark or obscure; not luminous; dusk; as, a dusky valley.

Definition of Dusky

1. Adjective. Dimly lit, as at dusk (evening). ¹

2. Adjective. A shade of color that is rather dark. ¹

3. Adjective. (dated) dark-skinned ¹

4. Adjective. ashen, greyish skin coloration ¹

5. Noun. A dusky shark. ¹

6. Noun. A dusky dolphin. ¹

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Definition of Dusky

1. somewhat dark [adj DUSKIER, DUSKIEST] : DUSKILY [adv]

Medical Definition of Dusky

1. 1. Partially dark or obscure; not luminous; dusk; as, a dusky valley. "Through dusky lane and wrangling mart." (Keble) 2. Tending to blackness in colour; partially black; dark-coloured; not bright; as, a dusky brown. "When Jove in dusky clouds involves the sky." (Dryden) "The figure of that first ancestor invested by family tradition with a dim and dusky grandeur." (Hawthorne) 3. Gloomy; sad; melancholy. "This dusky scene of horror, this melancholy prospect." (Bentley) 4. Intellectually clouded. "Though dusky wits dare scorn astrology." (Sir P. Sidney) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Dusky

dusky (current term)
dusky-footed woodrat
dusky salamander
dusky shark
dust asthma
dust bag
dust ball
dust bin
dust bins

Literary usage of Dusky

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Writings in Prose and Verse of Rudyard Kipling by Rudyard Kipling (1899)
"We chased the hare from her secret lair, We roamed the woodlands through; In parks and grounds far out of bounds Wandered our dusky crew; And the keepers ..."

2. The Birds of North and Middle America: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Higher by Robert Ridgway (1919)
"... where narrowly streaked with dusky, the anterior portion minutely flecked (more or less) with the same; a broad loral stripe, extending from bill to ..."

3. The Birds of Jamaica: Being a History of the Bird, Its Structure, and Habits by Philip Henry Gosse, Alfred Edmund Brehm, Richard Hill (1874)
"THE dusky CHAT (Saxicola leucura). " Whose house I have maile the wilderness, ... The dusky Chat inhabits the south of Europe, Spain especially; ..."

4. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (1915)
"and postorbital region whitish, marked with several pale dusky spots. ... 1. its entire extent dusky lengthwise streak, well defined and separated from ..."

5. The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization by Georges Cuvier, Edward Griffith, Charles Hamilton Smith, Edward Pidgeon, John Edward Gray, George Robert Gray (1829)
"yellow, dotted with black; line over the eye, sides of neck, and breast yellow ; belly paler, streaked with dusky; wing with two white bands ; tail black ..."

6. The Chief American Poets: Selected Poems by Bryant, Poe, Emerson, Longfellow by Curtis Hidden Page (1905)
"That sat in darkness long, — Ip ! and the dusky race And as behemoth strong. 80 Be swift their feet as antelopes, Come, East and West and North, By races, ..."

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