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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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  • I crawled up to the epaulment and peered down into the dusty street.

    The Reckoning Robert W. Chambers
  • A dusty and dirty and perspiring man is at a disadvantage with himself.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • dusty Rhoads put his cart away and started back to his barracks.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • We were about a couple of hundred yards behind; it was a hot and dusty day.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • When all was ready we were marched, twenty in number, along a white and dusty road to our estate.

    For Faith and Freedom Walter Besant
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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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