• (British) IPA: /dʌsk/


  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.
    • Whose dusk set off the whiteness of the skin.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Verb

dusk (dusks, present participle dusking; past and past participle dusked)

  1. (intransitive) To begin to lose light or whiteness; to grow dusk.
    • , Alfred Edward Housman, More Poems ↗, XXXIII, lines 25-27
      I see the air benighted
      And all the dusking dales,
      And lamps in England lighted,
  2. (transitive) To make dusk.
    • After the sun is up, that shadow which dusketh the light of the moon must needs be under the earth.
Translations Adjective

dusk (comparative dusker, superlative duskest)

  1. Tending to darkness or blackness; moderately dark or black; dusky.
    • 1671, John Milton, “Book the First”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗:
      A pathless desert, dusk with horrid shades.

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