1. Partially dark or obscure; not luminous; dusk; as, a dusky valley. "Through dusky lane and wrangling mart." (Keble)

2. Tending to blackness in colour; partially black; dark-coloured; 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)

(01 Mar 1998)

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