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  • (UK) IPA(key): /dʌsk/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌsk

Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English dosk, dusk(e) (dusky, adj.), from Old English dox (dark, swarthy), from Proto-Germanic *duskaz (dark, smoky), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰwes-, related to *dʰewh₂- (smoke, mist, haze). Cognate to Latin fuscus (dark, dusky), Sanskrit धूसर (dhūsara, dust-colored), Old Irish donn (dark). Related to dye, dust and dun (see these for more).

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dusk (comparative dusker, superlative duskest)

  1. Tending to darkness or blackness; moderately dark or black; dusky.

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dusk (countable and uncountable, plural dusks)

  1. The time after the sun has set but when the sky is still lit by sunlight; the evening twilight period.
  2. A darkish colour.
  3. The condition of being dusky; duskiness
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Etymology 2 edit

From Middle English dusken, from Old English doxian.

Verb edit

dusk (third-person singular simple present dusks, present participle dusking, simple past and past participle dusked)

  1. (intransitive) To begin to lose light or whiteness; to grow dusk.
    • 1936, Alfred Edward Housman, More Poems[1], XXXIII, lines 25-27:
      I see the air benighted
      And all the dusking dales,
      And lamps in England lighted,
  2. (transitive) To make dusk.
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  • dusk”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.

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  1. Alternative form of dosk