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[luhs-tee] /ˈlʌs ti/
adjective, lustier, lustiest.
full of or characterized by healthy vigor.
hearty, as a meal.
spirited; enthusiastic.
lustful; lecherous.
Origin of lusty
1175-1225; Middle English: see lust, -y1
Related forms
lustily, adverb
lustiness, noun
overlustiness, noun
overlusty, adjective
unlusty, adjective
1. robust, strong, sturdy, stout.
1. feeble, weak. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for lustily
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  • Amberson joined him lustily, and sang on when Morgan stopped.

    The Magnificent Ambersons Booth Tarkington
  • "I didn't steal the wallet," cried Tim lustily, as he struggled to get away.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
  • Her sole consolation was that the mob cheered her lustily as she drove off in her carriage.

  • And then he would curse Phineas lustily for losing the precious letter.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • His bluff strident words struck the note sailors understand, and they cheered him lustily.

    Peter and Wendy James Matthew Barrie
  • Then she did call, as lustily as she was able, though in vain.

    Linda Tressel Anthony Trollope
  • As he loitered there where the trees grew thickest, Siegfried took his horn and blew it lustily.

    Stories of Siegfried Mary MacGregor
  • He let the tool fall, and slid down the pole as the men cheered him lustily.

    Chasing an Iron Horse Edward Robins
  • Already we were thinking of how we too, in passing "Pyping Point," should sound a blast most lustily.

    Virginia: The Old Dominion Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins
  • We found a night-bell at the villa door and rang it lustily.

    The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
British Dictionary definitions for lustily


adjective lustier, lustiest
having or characterized by robust health
strong or invigorating: a lusty brew
Derived Forms
lustily, adverb
lustiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lustily

early 13c., lustliche, "willingly, eagerly, readily;" see lusty + -ly (2). Meaning "with pleasure, voluptuously" is c.1300; meaning "vigorously, energetically" is c.1400.



early 13c., "joyful, merry," from lust + -y (2). It largely has escaped the Christianization and denigration of its root word. The sense of "full of healthy vigor" is from late 14c.; that of "full of desire" is attested from c.1400. Related: Lustily; lustiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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