dusk / dəsk/ •
n. the darker stage of twilight: dusk was falling rapidly | working the land from dawn to dusk. ∎ semidarkness: in the dusk of an Istanbul nightclub.•
v. [intr.] poetic/lit. grow dark: [as adj.] (dusking) he saw the lights blaze in the dusking sky. •
adj. poetic/lit. shadowy, dim, or dark.
adj. dark-coloured (OE.); sb. darker stage of twilight XVII; vb. grow dark (OE.). The form dusk
(XIV) is difficult to account for (cf., however, for the vowel OE. ġeðuxod
darkened); it was preceded by ME. dosk
vb. XIII, which are characteristically western forms and repr. OE. dox
dark, swarthy (:- *duskaz
:- IE. *dhuskos
, whence L. fuscus
dark, dusky), and its deriv. doxian
become dark in colour; rel. to OS. dosan
, OHG. tusin
darkish (of colour), dull (cf. DUN 1).