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crusty

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrʌsti
 
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Definition of crusty in English:

adjective (crustier, crustiest)

1Having or acting as a hard outer layer or covering: crusty bread Lake Manyara was ringed by crusty salt deposits
More example sentences
  • But I'm still not eating the crusty bits of bread, even if you held me down and force fed me.
  • Alternatively, it is just as nice on its own with a crusty piece of bread.
  • There's a choice of Italian cold cuts - you know the list, capicollo to mortadella to prosciutto - served on crusty fresh bread.
Synonyms
2(Especially of an old person) easily irritated: a crusty old Scots judge
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  • Old crusty reporters know that when an official denies anything, it's a good time to begin probing it.
  • I guess the movie was targeted towards teenage girls, as opposed to an old crusty man such as myself.
  • He's crusty and he's tough, and he stands very firmly for his positions.
Synonyms

noun

(also crustie) (plural crusties) informal Back to top  
A young person who is homeless or travels constantly, has a shabby appearance, and rejects conventional values: she cuts a curious figure amid the crusties and mud-stained tree-huggers
More example sentences
  • There were lots of different sorts of people there - from outwardly completely conventional to complete crusties.
  • On TV it's just another spectacle, the usual suspects - students, lefties, crusties, CND, unions, blah, blah, blah - saying the usual things.
  • Inside the venue was a mix of aging punks, football supporters, crusties and a smattering of Germans.

Derivatives

crustily

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • To tell the truth, I've always rather enjoyed waking up, crustily or otherwise, and seeing a book collection far better than mine.

crustiness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • An old African buffalo, or a Canadian bison, has, of course, his spells of crustiness, and is then unpleasant, but the boar is always peeved about something or other.
  • It produces crustiness, stiffness, disease and dribbling.
  • The bruschetta had a great balance of textures and flavors - the crustiness of the toast, the bite and the creaminess of the chickpeas and the snap of the vinegar and oil.

Words that rhyme with crusty

bustee, busty, dusty, fusty, gusty, lusty, musty, rusty, trusty

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