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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 of rusty1
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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  • The scales along his back and flanks turned from rusty brown to a dull lurid red.

    Red Nails Robert E. Howard
  • But Mr Verloc was not in the least conscious of having got rusty.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Fitz obeyed her, bringing the bunch of keys, rusty and black from being concealed in a thousand different hiding-places.

    The Grey Lady Henry Seton Merriman
  • Moreover, the coach suited the day: the rusty was in harmony with the dismal.

  • The dog's wild eyes shone in little slits of dusky fire through the rusty thicket of gray hair which overhung them.

    Lancashire Sketches Edwin Waugh
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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