crustiness

crusty

[kruhs-tee]
adjective, crustier, crustiest.
1.
having a crisp or thick crust: a loaf of crusty French bread.
2.
of the nature of or resembling a crust.
3.
harsh; surly; rude: a crusty remark.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see crust, -y1

crustily, adverb
crustiness, noun


3. testy, prickly, touchy; curt, brusque.
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crusty (ˈkrʌstɪ)
 
adj , crustier, crustiest
1.  having or characterized by a crust, esp having a thick crust
2.  having a rude or harsh character or exterior; surly; curt: a crusty remark
 
n , crustier, crustiest, crusties
3.  slang a dirty type of punk or hippy whose lifestyle involves travelling and squatting
 
'crustily
 
adv
 
'crustiness
 
n

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crusty
c.1400, from crust. Figurative use, of persons, "short-tempered," is from 1560s.
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