Definition of dusty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʌsti/

adjective (dustier, dustiest)

1Covered with, full of, or resembling dust: dusty old records a hot, dusty road
More example sentences
  • The dusty road was covered with small rocks and it seemed to go straight up the side of the mountain.
  • There were two windows near the front door, and dusty, old blinds covered them so no light got in.
  • All of the tables and chairs were covered in dusty old sheets and blankets.
dust-covered, dust-filled, undusted
informal grungy, cruddy
British informal manky, grotty, gungy
Australian/New Zealand informal scungy
literary besmirched
powdery, crumbly, chalky, friable;
1.1(Of a colour) dull or muted: patches of pale gold and dusty pink
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  • All of his clothes were colored to match the dusty hues of the sand on Malchishua.
  • Now the dusty beige surface of the mosque wall is nearly invisible under the black of death announcements.
  • In consequence the autumn colours are muted, just soft dusty yellows for the most part.
muted, dull, flat, faded, pale, pastel, subtle, restrained;
1.2Staid and uninteresting: a dusty old bore
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  • There is nothing dull and dusty about any of the attractions and there are plenty of opportunities for hands-on experiences.
  • But with the right attitude, lectures do not have to be dusty, dull affairs.
  • His parents are so dull and dusty, you wonder whether he was a foundling.



a dusty answer

British A curt and unhelpful reply.
Example sentences
  • Anyone who did approach us would be given a dusty answer.
  • The SSP's representative raising this point in debate, received a dusty answer from the First Minister about not running to Westminster ‘every time we have a nose-bleed’.
  • But wanting a game console and a mobile phone for a birthday got a pretty dusty answer.
curt, abrupt, terse, brusque, blunt, short, clipped, snappy, snappish, sharp, crisp, tart, gruff, offhand, ungracious, rude, impolite, discourteous, bad-tempered;
unhelpful, uncooperative, disobliging
informal snippy

not so dusty

British informal, dated (Of a person’s health or situation) fairly good.
Example sentences
  • ‘Life's not so dusty after all,’ Mary said returning his hug. ‘We still have our comforts and its not so long till our birthdays and we can retire on our pension.’



Example sentences
  • And when it's not keeping you dry it's always ready as a ‘perhaps bag’, for those times when you're passing an open tray of small, dustily tempting treasures outside a junk shop and you've pocket money left over.
  • Old and young alike emerge dustily from the scrum, flourishing their trophies.
  • When he had a good-sized bouquet, he wriggled into the hole and back through the craggy tunnels, coming out - a little dustily - in the cave where the hospital had been built.


Pronunciation: /ˈdʌstɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • I don't get the licorice or the dustiness, but the rest is right on the mark.
  • It has blackberry flavors and a nice tannic dustiness, with plenty of acid and none of the flaws that distinguish cheap wine: It isn't lopsided, or boring, or flabby, or insipid.
  • Summer is great, especially early summer when everything is still lush and fresh and green, and hasn't taken on the washed out dustiness of July and August, when the countryside seems a little tired and limp.

Words that rhyme with dusty

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

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