crusty

adjective \ ˈkrə-stē \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of crusty

crustier; crustiest
1 :having or being a crust
2 :giving an effect of surly incivility in address or disposition

crustily

play \ˈkrə-stə-lē\ adverb

crustiness

play \ˈkrə-stē-nəs\ noun

Examples of crusty in a Sentence

  1. a basket of warm, crusty bread

  2. We could see deer tracks in the crusty snow bank.

Recent Examples of crusty from the Web

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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

CRUSTY Defined for English Language Learners

crusty

adjective

Definition of crusty for English Language Learners

  • : harsh and unfriendly

  • of food : having a thick or crisp crust

  • : having a crust : having a hard surface layer


CRUSTY Defined for Kids

crusty

adjective \ ˈkrə-stē \

Definition of crusty for Students

crustier; crustiest
1 :having a thick or crispy crust
  • crusty bread
2 :3cross 1
  • a crusty reply


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