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rusty1

[ruhs-tee] /ˈrʌs ti/
adjective, rustier, rustiest.
1.
covered with or affected by rust.
2.
consisting of or produced by rust.
3.
of or tending toward the color rust; rust-colored.
4.
faded or shabby; impaired by time or wear, as clothes or drapery.
5.
impaired through disuse or neglect:
My Latin is rusty.
6.
having lost agility or alertness; out of practice:
I am a bit rusty at tennis.
7.
(of a sound) grating or harsh.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English rusti, Old English rūstig; see rust, -y1
Related forms
rustily, adverb
rustiness, noun

rusty2

[ruhs-tee] /ˈrʌs ti/
adjective, rustier, rustiest.
1.
restive; stubborn:
a rusty horse.
2.
Chiefly Dialect. ill-tempered; cross.
Origin
1555-65; apparently special use of rusty1; but compare obsolete resty restive

Rusty

[ruhs-tee] /ˈrʌs ti/
noun
1.
a male or female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for rusty

rusty

/ˈrʌstɪ/
adjective rustier, rustiest
1.
covered with, affected by, or consisting of rust: a rusty machine, a rusty deposit
2.
of the colour rust
3.
discoloured by age: a rusty coat
4.
(of the voice) tending to croak
5.
old-fashioned in appearance; seemingly antiquated: a rusty old gentleman
6.
out of practice; impaired in skill or knowledge by inaction or neglect
7.
(of plants) affected by the rust fungus
Derived Forms
rustily, adverb
rustiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for rusty
adj.

Old English rustig; see rust (n.) + -y (2). Cognate with Frisian roastich, Middle Dutch roestich, Dutch roestig, Old High German rostag, German rostig. "In the 16th and 17th centuries frequently used as a term of general disparagement" [OED]. Of bodily skills, "impaired by neglect," from c.1500; of mental qualities, accomplishments, etc., first attested 1796.

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