Definition of crusty in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkrʌsti

adjective (crustier, crustiest)

1Having or acting as a hard outer layer or covering: crusty bread Lake Manyara was ringed by crusty salt deposits
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  • 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.
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.


(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
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  • 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.



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


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  • 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.

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