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lusty

[luhs-tee] /ˈlʌs ti/
adjective, lustier, lustiest.
1.
full of or characterized by healthy vigor.
2.
hearty, as a meal.
3.
spirited; enthusiastic.
4.
lustful; lecherous.
Origin of lusty
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English: see lust, -y1
Related forms
lustily, adverb
lustiness, noun
overlustiness, noun
overlusty, adjective
unlusty, adjective
Synonyms
1. robust, strong, sturdy, stout.
Antonyms
1. feeble, weak.
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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

lusty

/ˈlʌstɪ/
adjective lustier, lustiest
1.
having or characterized by robust health
2.
strong or invigorating: a lusty brew
3.
lustful
Derived Forms
lustily, adverb
lustiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lusty
adj.

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.

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