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[guhs-tee] /ˈgʌs ti/
adjective, gustier, gustiest.
blowing or coming in gusts, as wind, rain, or storms.
affected or marked by gusts of wind, rain, etc.:
a gusty day.
occurring or characterized by sudden bursts or outbursts, as sound or laughter.
full of meaningless, pretentious talk:
gusty speechmaking.
vigorous; hearty; zestful:
a gusty woman.
Origin of gusty1
1590-1600; gust1 + -y1; def. 5 perhaps gust(o) + -y1
Related forms
gustily, adverb
gustiness, noun


[guhs-tee, goo s-tee] /ˈgʌs ti, ˈgʊs ti/
adjective, gustier, gustiest. Chiefly Scot.
tasty; savory; appetizing.
1715-25; gust2 + -y1 Unabridged
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  • Ruth hurried over to the town-hall bright and early on this snowy, gusty morning.

    West Wind Drift George Barr McCutcheon
  • He might have stayed his hand then, but for the gusty rage that swept him on to the crime.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • After a brief respite, the storm came on again with gusty malevolence.

    The Revellers Louis Tracy
  • That afternoon she was very tired, for it had started to rain, cold, gusty March rain.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • Hester was already experiencing the languor that accompanied the gusty wind she had at first welcomed as a friend.

  • I 'm afraid I 've forgotten more than that, gusty; but let us hope for the best.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • It was yielding to the gusty wind with all its tender twigs.

  • I hope, gusty, you 'll have the firmness to reject such an offer.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • Sylvia's heart, which had seemed to stop with her voice, silenced in the gusty thunder of heavy wings, began beating too fast.

    The Fighting Chance Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for gusty


adjective gustier, gustiest
blowing or occurring in gusts or characterized by blustery weather: a gusty wind
given to sudden outbursts, as of emotion or temperament
Derived Forms
gustily, adverb
gustiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for gusty

c.1600, from gust + -y (2). Related: Gustily; gustiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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