1. Partially dark or obscure; not luminous; dusk; as, a dusky valley.
Through dusky lane and wrangling mart. --Keble.
2. Tending to blackness in color; partially black; dark-colored; 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.
adj 1: 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"
[syn: twilight(a), twilit]
2: 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" [syn:
dark-skinned, swart, swarthy]
[also: duskiest, duskier]