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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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  • But the economic headwinds are gusty, particularly for non-life activity.
  • Unfortunately the prototype was severely damaged trying to land in gusty conditions and the project was abandoned.
  • Suddenly, a fast-moving thunderstorm approaches, bringing gusty winds and large raindrops.
  • The delicate little people must have heard me hammering in gusty outbreaks a mile away on either hand, but nothing came of it.
  • These gusty winds can change direction quickly, sending flames racing into new areas.
  • While heavy snowfall and gusty winds may be nirvana for powder hounds, they can make for treacherous travel.
  • Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds in the evening.
  • Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds after midnight.
  • About the time of the incident the decedent sent his crew down when the wind became gusty, while remaining to secure materials.
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.

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