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adjective \ˈkrəs-tē\

: harsh and unfriendly

of food : having a thick or crisp crust

: having a crust : having a hard surface layer


Full Definition of CRUSTY

:  having or being a crust
:  giving an effect of surly incivility in address or disposition
crust·i·ly \-tə-lē\ adverb
crust·i·ness \-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of CRUSTY

  1. a basket of warm, crusty bread
  2. We could see deer tracks in the crusty snow bank.

First Known Use of CRUSTY

14th century

Synonym Discussion of CRUSTY

bluff, blunt, brusque, curt, crusty, gruff mean abrupt and unceremonious in speech and manner. bluff connotes good-natured outspokenness and unconventionality <a bluff manner>. blunt suggests directness of expression in disregard of others' feelings <a blunt appraisal>. brusque applies to a sharpness or ungraciousness <a brusque response>. curt implies disconcerting shortness or rude conciseness <a curt command>. crusty suggests a harsh or surly manner sometimes concealing an inner kindliness <a crusty exterior>. gruff suggests a hoarse or husky speech which may imply bad temper but more often implies embarrassment or shyness <puts on a gruff pose>.

Rhymes with CRUSTY

CRUSTY Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈkrə-stē\

Definition of CRUSTY for Kids

:  having a thick or crispy crust <crusty bread>
:  3cross 1 <a crusty reply>


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