Definition of dusty in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdʌsti

adjective (dustier, dustiest)


a dusty answer

British A curt and unhelpful reply.
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  • 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.
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  • ‘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.’



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  • 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.


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  • 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.

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