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[truhs-tee] /ˈtrʌs ti/
adjective, trustier, trustiest.
able to be trusted or relied on; trustworthy; reliable.
Archaic. trustful.
noun, plural trusties.
a person or thing that is trusted.
a well-behaved and trustworthy convict to whom special privileges are granted.
Origin of trusty
1175-1225; Middle English; see trust, -y1
Related forms
trustily, adverb
trustiness, noun
Can be confused
executor, trustee, trusty.
trustee, trusty. Unabridged
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  • However, that Dixon of yours is trusty; and can hold her, or your own, till I come.

    North and South Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • And let our principal and most trusty friends named in my last know that I do.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • He sent a trusty messenger -- one of his stout Gascon henchmen -- over to us with all needful tidings.

    In the Days of Chivalry Evelyn Everett-Green
  • His trusty sword, in its steel scabbard, strikes clanking on the doorstep.

    Main Street Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Colton gives an instance of trust justified on an occasion when, pressed for funds, he created a "trusty."

British Dictionary definitions for trusty


adjective trustier, trustiest
faithful or reliable
(archaic) trusting
noun (pl) trusties
someone who is trusted, esp a convict to whom special privileges are granted
Derived Forms
trustily, adverb
trustiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for trusty

early 13c., "trusting," from trust (n.) + -y (2); meaning "reliable, to be counted on" is from early 14c. The noun meaning "a prisoner granted special privileges as reward for good conduct" is first attested 1855.

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