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ˈdʌs kidusky

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dusky, twilight(a), twilitadjective

    lighted by or as if by twilight

    "The dusky night rides down the sky/And ushers in the morn"-Henry Fielding; "the twilight glow of the sky"; "a boat on a twilit river"

  2. dark-skinned, dusky, swart, swarthyadjective

    naturally having skin of a dark color

    "a dark-skinned beauty"; "gold earrings gleamed against her dusky cheeks"; "a smile on his swarthy face"; "`swart' is archaic"


  1. duskynoun

    A dusky shark.

  2. duskynoun

    A dusky dolphin.

  3. duskyadjective

    Dimly lit, as at dusk (evening).

    I like it when it is dusky, just before the street lights come on.

  4. duskyadjective

    A shade of color that is rather dark.

    The dusky rose was of a muted color, not clashing with any of the other colors.

  5. duskyadjective

    ashen, greyish skin coloration

    This man in shock has a silver colored dusky skin tone.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Duskyadjective

    Etymology: from dusk; duyster, Dutch.

    Here lies the dusky torch of Mortimer,
    Chok’d with ambition of the meaner sort. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    There fierce winds o’er dusky valleys blow,
    Whose every puff bears empty shades away. John Dryden, Ind. Em.

    Through the plains of one continual day,
    Six shining months pursue their even way;
    And six succeeding urge their dusky flight,
    Obscur’d with vapours and o’erwhelm’d in night. Matthew Prior.

    They did plot
    The means that dusky Dis my daughter got. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    It is not green, but of a dusky brown colour. Francis Bacon.

    When Jove in dusky clouds involves the skies,
    And the faint crescent shoots by fits before their eyes. Dryd.

    The surface is of a dusky yellow colour. John Woodward.

    By mixing such powders we are not to expect a strong and full white, such as is that of paper; but some dusky obscure one, such as might arise from a mixture of light and darkness, or from white and black; that is, a grey or dun, or russet brown. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    While he continues in life, this dusky scene of horrour, this melancholy prospect of final perdition, will frequently occur to his fancy. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    Umbriel, a dusky, melancholy sprite,
    As ever sully’d the fair face of light,
    Down to the central earth, his proper scene,
    Repairs to search the gloomy cave of spleen. Alexander Pope.


  1. Dusky

    Dusky is an English electronic music duo from London consisting of Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman. Formed in 2011, they have released music on various records labels, before setting up their own label 17 Steps in July 2014 with the release of the Love Taking Over EP.Before the formation of Dusky, the duo made music under the name of Solarity.


  1. dusky

    Dusky generally refers to something that is dimly lit, shadowy, dark-colored or lacks brightness and clarity. It is often used to describe the period of twilight, complexion or color shades.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Duskyadjective

    partially dark or obscure; not luminous; dusk; as, a dusky valley

  2. Duskyadjective

    tending to blackness in color; partially black; dark-colored; not bright; as, a dusky brown

  3. Duskyadjective

    gloomy; sad; melancholy

  4. Duskyadjective

    intellectually clouded

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  1. dusky

    Song lyrics by dusky -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by dusky on the Lyrics.com website.


  1. Dusky

    somewhat darkened; pale fuscous.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DUSKY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dusky is ranked #101247 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Dusky surname appeared 178 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Dusky.

    94.9% or 169 total occurrences were White.
    2.8% or 5 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dusky in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dusky in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of dusky in a Sentence

  1. Lisa Natanson:

    Sandbar sharks were all along the coast, while most of the dusky sharks were off North Carolina, we captured a bull shark for the first time since 2001, and recaptured 10 sharks previously tagged by our program and two sharks tagged by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

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