from The Century Dictionary.

  • With partial darkness; with a tendency to darkness or somberness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a dusky manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a dusky manner.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

dusky +‎ -ly


  • The moaning water cast its seaweed duskily at their feet, when they turned to leave its margin; and the rooks hovered above them with hoarse cries, darker splashes in the darkening air.

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood

  • Next to the swaying mast shall a sail hang duskily swinging;

    Poems and Fragments

  • Next to the swaying mast shall a sail hang duskily swinging;

    Poems and Fragments

  • It appeared duskily in the perspective, suspended between two cliffs, where the road wound from sight, on one of which were the ruins of the Roman fort it belonged to, and on the other, shadowing pines, and thickets of oak that tufted the rock to its base.

    The Italian

  • The gate was, at length, opened by a figure habited like his conductors, and two other doors of iron, placed very near each other, being also unlocked, Vivaldi found himself in a spacious chamber, the walls of which were hung with black, duskily lighted by lamps that gleamed in the lofty vault.

    The Italian

  • An oval Venetian mirror stood above the fireplace, and reflected duskily in its spotted depths the faint yellow and crimson of a jarful of tulips which stood among the letters and pipes and cigarettes upon the mantelpiece.

    Night and Day, by Virginia Woolf

  • But, as she advanced, the avenue appeared extending beyond it; and the door, which stood a little open allowed her a glimpse of a chamber in the cliff, duskily lighted.

    The Italian

  • Montoni sat silently on a couch, at the upper end of it, waiting till the servant returned, Emily was observing the singular solemnity and desolation of the apartment, viewed, as it now was, by the glimmer of the single lamp, placed near a large Venetian mirror, that duskily reflected the scene, with the tall figure of

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • Somewhere the moon was shining duskily, in a hidden quarter of sky; but straight in front of him, in the northwest, silent lightning was fluttering.

    The Trespasser

  • Darkened by the dust of the dock, the blue southern sky is murky; the burning sun looks duskily into the greenish sea, as though through a thin gray veil.

    Creatures That Once Were Men, and other stories


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