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dusty

[duhs-tee] /ˈdʌs ti/
adjective, dustier, dustiest.
1.
filled, covered, or clouded with or as with dust.
2.
of the nature of dust; powdery.
3.
of the color of dust; having a grayish cast.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English; see dust, -y1
Related forms
dustily, adverb
dustiness, noun
undusty, adjective
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Examples 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

dusty

/ˈdʌstɪ/
adjective dustier, dustiest
1.
covered with or involving dust
2.
like dust in appearance or colour
3.
(of a colour) tinged with grey; pale dusty pink
4.
a dusty answer, an unhelpful or bad-tempered reply
5.
(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
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dusty

dusty

Related Terms

rusty-dusty


Dusty

noun
  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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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