subfusc
adjective Etymology: Latin subfuscus brownish, dusky, from sub- + fuscus dark brown — more at dusk Date: 1710 chiefly British drab, dusky

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  • subfusc — [sub′fusk΄, sub fusk′] adj. [L subfuscus, brownish, dusky < sub , below (see SUB ) + fuscus,FUSCOUS] Chiefly Brit. having a dull or dark, often drab, color n. Chiefly Brit. subfusc clothing, esp. as academic dress at Oxford or Cambridge… …   English World dictionary

  • subfusc — sub*fusc , a. [L. subfuscus, suffuscus. See {Sub }, and {Fuscous}.] 1. Same as {subfuscous}. [PJC] 2. Drab; dingy; dull. [Chiefty Brit.] [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • subfusc — 1710, from L. subfuscus, variant of suffuscus, from sub (see SUB (Cf. sub )) + fusk (see OBFUSCATE (Cf. obfuscate)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • subfusc — /sub fusk /, adj. 1. subfuscous; dusky. 2. dark and dull; dingy; drab: a subfusc mining town. [1755 65; < L subfuscus SUBFUSCOUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • subfusc — 1. adjective /sɐbˈfɐsk/ Having subdued colors. 2. noun /sɐbˈfɐsk/ a) Dark clothing. b) Clothing acceptable, by regulation at certain universities, for an examination or official event. See Also: subfuscous …   Wiktionary

  • subfusc — [ sʌbfʌsk, sʌb fʌsk] adjective literary dull or gloomy. noun Brit. the formal clothing worn for examinations and formal occasions at some universities. Origin C18: from L. subfuscus, from sub somewhat + fuscus dark brown …   English new terms dictionary

  • subfusc — sub·fusc …   English syllables

  • subfusc — sub•fusc [[t]sʌbˈfʌsk[/t]] adj. 1) dusky 2) dark and dull; dingy • Etymology: 1755–65; < L subfuscus sub•fus•cous, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • subfusc — /ˈsʌbfʌsk/ (say subfusk) adjective 1. of sombre hue; dusky; somewhat dark. –noun 2. clothes of a dark or drab colour. {Latin subfuscus, equivalent to sub sub + fuscus dark} …   Australian English dictionary

  • subfusc —   a. dusky drab; n. formal academic dress at Oxford University …   Dictionary of difficult words

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