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[duhs-tee] /ˈdʌs ti/
adjective, dustier, dustiest.
filled, covered, or clouded with or as with dust.
of the nature of dust; powdery.
of the color of dust; having a grayish cast.
Origin of dusty
1175-1225; Middle English; see dust, -y1
Related forms
dustily, adverb
dustiness, noun
undusty, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dusty
  • Be warned it is still the desert so it gets brutally hot in the summer and is always dusty.
  • It was as stifling as before, but he eagerly drank in the stinking, dusty town air.
  • The country wore the same aspect, till at last the fine green turf became more wearisome than a dusty turnpike road.
  • Desert meets desert, and one dusty small town rubs up against another.
  • The winds of change, though, are sweeping through these quiet and dusty corridors.
  • But the shop windows are mostly dusty, the signs faded, and there are few signs of new businesses.
  • Now they play freely on the country's few pitches and the dusty streets of its cities.
  • Below me snakes a dusty ravine studded with old olive trees.
  • He needed a new way to present his conclusions-a way to turn dusty figures into convincing illustrations.
  • Helicopters are expensive and delicate machines requiring heavy maintenance, especially when flying in dusty conditions.
British Dictionary definitions for dusty


adjective dustier, dustiest
covered with or involving dust
like dust in appearance or colour
(of a colour) tinged with grey; pale: dusty pink
a dusty answer, an unhelpful or bad-tempered reply
(informal) not so dusty, not too bad; fairly well: often in response to the greeting how are you?
Derived Forms
dustily, adverb
dustiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dusty

early 13c., from dust + -y (2). Related: Dustiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  1. A common nickname for a person named Rhodes, Rhoades, Rodes, etc
  2. A nickname for a short person, a ''dusty butt'' (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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