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[duhsk]

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  1. the state or period of partial darkness between day and night; the dark part of twilight.
  2. partial darkness; shade; gloom: She was barely visible in the dusk of the room.

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Origin of dusk1

First recorded in 1615–25; back formation from dusky

[duhsk]

adjective
  1. tending to darkness; dark.

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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to make or become dusk; darken.

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Origin of dusk2

before 1000; Middle English duske (adj.), dusken (v.); metathetic alteration of Old English dox dusky, doxian to turn dark; cognate with L. fuscus dark

Related formsdusk·ish, adjective

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Examples from the Web for dusk

Contemporary Examples

  • If Blake is to make his escape at dusk, what time does the sun set?

  • With dusk approaching, the massive crowd marched north on Florissant.

  • As dusk approaches, a fog creeps up the slope of the mountain and swallows the sprawling city below—just like Pablo promised.

  • The town center was still clear of Ukrainian security forces at dusk.

  • For me the notion of mixing the warm light of fire with the cool light of dusk, that created a color palette.

Historical Examples

  • He could not see her face, but he could hear perfectly the words that came through the dusk.

  • At dusk, Littlefield lighted a fire, and began to cook his fowls.

  • In the dusk of the wooded shades behind him huddled the group of slaves.

  • The rain and dusk were so heavy that they could not see fifty feet, and they shivered with cold.

  • Dick said nothing, but despite the dusk Woodville read the truth in his eyes.

British Dictionary definitions for dusk noun
  1. twilight or the darker part of twilight
  2. poetic gloom; shade

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adjective
  1. poetic shady; gloomy

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verb
  1. poetic to make or become dark

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Word Origin

Old English dox; related to Old Saxon dosan brown, Old High German tusin yellow, Norwegian dusmen misty, Latin fuscus dark brown

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Word Origin and History for dusk

n.

c.1200, dosk "obscure, to become dark," perhaps from Old English dox "dark-haired, dark from the absence of light" (cognate with Swedish duska "be misty," Latin fuscus "dark," Sanskrit dhusarah "dust-colored;" also cf. Old English dosan "chestnut-brown," Old High German tusin "pale yellow") with transposition of -k- and -s-, perhaps via a Northumbrian variant (cf. colloquial ax for ask). But OED notes that "few of our words in -sk are of OE origin." A color word originally; the sense of "twilight" is recorded from 1620s.

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