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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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  • He complained to the Orderly, with the result that the next night the lusty voice was suddenly silenced.

    "Contemptible" "Casualty"
  • The strong and lusty bore down the weak in the struggle to get near to the procession.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • What sage would not have exchanged his wearisome knowledge for my lusty revels with Nature?

    A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • John the Clerk came in the afternoon, and there was some lusty disputation.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • "My boys, we can do it," cried O'Brien in lusty tones, after hearing the plan.

  • Came a rush of wind––the noise and wet and lusty stirring of the night.

  • The real craving is expressed in numberless passages: "May we live a hundred autumns, surrounded by lusty sons."

    Cerberus, The Dog of Hades Maurice Bloomfield
  • But this only made it the harder for him to get on, such a huge and lusty elk was he by his own request.

    The Indian Fairy Book Cornelius Mathews
British Dictionary definitions for lusty


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 lusty

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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