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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Dusk
Tending to darkness or blackness; moderately dark or black; dusky.

Etymology: OE. dusc dosc deosc; cf. dial. Sw. duska to drizzle, dusk a slight shower. ���

noun Dusk
  1. Imperfect obscurity; a middle degree between light and darkness; twilight; as, the dusk of the evening.
  2. A darkish color."Whose duck set off the whiteness of the skin." [Dryden.]
verb Dusk
To make dusk.
verb Dusk
To grow dusk.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The time of day immediately following sunset
  2. Become dusk

From Middle English dosk, duske (“dusky”, adj.), from Old English dox (“dark, swarthy”), from Proto-Germanic *duskaz (“dark, smoky”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰūs- (compare Old Irish donn (“dark”), Latin fuscus (“dark, dusky”), Sanskrit धूसर (dhūsara, “dust-colored”)), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰewh₂- (“smoke, mist, haze”). More at dye. Related to dust.

  1. A period of time at the end of day when the sun is below the horizon but before the full onset of night, especially the darker part of twilight.
  2. A darkish colour.

Notable Persons Named Dusk

Dusk is a comics character.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Dusk

Matt Dusk is a jazz musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1999 to 1999. Matt was born on November 19th, 1978 in Toronto.


Dusk is a comics character.


Nathaniel Dusk is a comics character.


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Fun Facts about the name Dusk

  • When was the first name Dusk first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Dusk is Monday, November 2nd, 1964.
  • How unique is the name Dusk? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Dusk. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Dusk: Your name in reverse order is Ksud. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dkus. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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