adjective (rustier, rustiest)
- 1(Of a metal object) affected by rust: a rusty hingeMore example sentences
- To remove caked on rust, scour the rusty surface with a metal brush.
- The rusty, metal hinges squeaked as he pulled the door open, wincing as it scraped loudly against the stone floor, and stepped inside.
- When a car has a steel fuel tank, as yours does, it will eventually start to rust and small bits of rusty metal and flaked paint will collect at the lowest point in the tank.
- 1.1Rust-coloured: green grass turning a rusty brownMore example sentences
- His shaggy black hair was now slowly changing to a rusty reddish brown color, almost his natural color.
- The famous altar at which the prophesies were made by pouring wine in a blazing fire and divining on the smoke can still be seen as a large rusty brown circle in the stone.
- The only traces of the towers are a series of steel girders torn into crazy angles and already turning a rusty brown from the moisture coming off the nearby river.
- 1.2(Of black clothes) discoloured by age.More example sentences
- His stiff, black suit was rusty with age.
- 2(Of knowledge or a skill) impaired by lack of recent practice: my typing is a little rustyMore example sentences
- Want to practice your rusty French skills, but don't have enough money to vacation in France?
- I was thinking that my lack of luck with Brad the lumberjack may be due to my flirting skills being rusty.
- Whatever the reason these folks have been unemployed, their job skills are probably rusty.
- 2.1Stiff with age or disuse: it was my first race for three months and I felt a bit rustyMore example sentences
- Her workshop is aimed at beginners, rusty or stiff movers who want to have some fun and lead a healthier lifestyle through dance.
- It felt a bit rusty at first but I am really enjoying myself.
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- Even when state and federal assistance cranked rustily into gear, the helicopter-loads of armed police and soldiers flooding into the city gave the appearance of an invasion as much as a rescue.
- There are none of those solidly heroic symbols of universally uniting workers, or the international solidarity of metal and dogma bashers that are such a rustily ironic feature of state socialism elsewhere.
- I knew he was going to improve for that race because he raced rustily that day.
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- Munster hadn't played together for many weeks and there was bound to be a bit of rustiness.
- Tuesday was a pleasant reminder of the fact that I'm still a moderately good debater despite a year of rustiness, and winning the friendly at QMW with Mark as partner was a fitting way to end our debating year.
- Watching him, however, betrayed more than understandable physical rustiness.