Something that's dusky is dark or poorly lit, like the dusky walk home from your friend's house at twilight.

You can also use this adjective to describe a darker shade of a particular color, like your grandpa's favorite dusky pink roses or the dusky blue of the sky over the ocean just before a storm. Dusky and dusk, or the time just after the sun sets in the evening, come from the Middle English dosc, "obscure, tending to darkness, or shadowy."

Definitions of dusky
  1. adjective
    lighted by or as if by twilight
    “"The dusky night rides down the sky/And ushers in the morn"-Henry Fielding”
    synonyms: twilight, twilit
    devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black
  2. adjective
    (used of color) having a dark hue
    synonyms: dark
    being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light
    slightly dark
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    light, light-colored
    (used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent
    being of the achromatic color of maximum lightness; having little or no hue owing to reflection of almost all incident light
    very light colored; highly diluted with white
    slightly pale
    delicate and pale in color
    as if dulled in color with a sprinkling of powder
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  3. adjective
    naturally having skin of a dark color
    “gold earrings gleamed against her dusky cheeks”
    synonyms: dark-skinned, swart, swarthy
    brunet, brunette
    marked by dark or relatively dark pigmentation of hair or skin or eyes
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