from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having low diffused light; dim or shadowy.
  • adjective Rather dark in color: synonym: dark.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Rather dark; obscure; not luminous; dim: as, a dusky valley.
  • Rather black; dark-colored; fuscous; not light or bright: as, a dusky brown; the dusky wings of some insects.
  • Hence, figuratively, gloomy; sad.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Partially dark or obscure; not luminous; dusk.
  • adjective Tending to blackness in color; partially black; dark-colored; not bright.
  • adjective Gloomy; sad; melancholy.
  • adjective Intellectually clouded.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Dimly lit, as at dusk (evening).
  • adjective A shade of color that is rather dark.
  • adjective dated dark-skinned
  • adjective ashen, greyish skin coloration
  • noun A dusky shark.
  • noun A dusky dolphin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective naturally having skin of a dark color
  • adjective lighted by or as if by twilight


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  • "her dusky cheek" or "her dusky skin" -- I don't know what it's from, but I love the phrase.

    March 19, 2008