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Of a dark, dull, or somber color.
Dark, dull clothing.

[Latin subfuscus, brownish : sub-, sub- + fuscus, dark.]


devoid of brightness or appeal; drab, dull, or dark
(Education) (at Oxford University) formal academic dress
[C18: from Latin subfuscus dusky, from fuscus dark]



1. dusky.
2. dark and dull; dingy.
[1755–65; < Latin subfuscus]
sub•fus•cous, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.subfusc - devoid of brightness or appeal; "a subfusc mining town"; "dark subfusc clothing"
unattractive - lacking beauty or charm; "as unattractive as most mining regions"
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You are the subfusc Hour of the Rat, and Myoken the pole star.
They spoke in a weird language - talking about barking heads (mad people), subfusc (gowns), debagging (removing someone's trousers), and "tactical groms" (vomiting champagne cocktails so you could keep on going).
8% (6,403 students) voted to keep subfusc - the dark suits, shirts, bow ties and ribbons worn under a gown - compulsory.
But there are calmer images, too: of Turkish whirling dervishes at prayer, who could be in Oxbridge subfusc if not for their fabulous headgear; some lovely pictures of pilgrims on the Hajj; and a haunting shot of a village of fishing boats on the outskirts of Dhaka.
The original hues of the Crucifixion (1571) from S Giacomo degli Spagnoli (displayed in SS Marcellino e Festo) have been transformed into an unfortunate and unalterable subfusc.
Cuyp's peasants, such as these, and his herdsmen and drovers in their bright costumes and bare legs, look more in harmony with his landscapes than his townsmen and horse-borne, dummy-like gentry with their absurd clothes and pink, prosaic Dutch faces: triangles on legs, in steeple hats, subfusc cloaks spread over bulky knee-breeches and wrinkled knitted hose.
Some appropriately subfusc friend of McBaffie's would be ideal after Dewar.