\ ˈkrə-stē How to pronounce crusty (audio) \
crustier; crustiest

Definition of crusty

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

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Other Words from crusty

crustily \ ˈkrə-​stə-​lē How to pronounce crustily (audio) \ adverb
crustiness \ ˈkrə-​stē-​nəs How to pronounce crustiness (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of crusty in a Sentence

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

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Clark Gable stars as a crusty newspaper reporter who enrolls in a journalism class to get close to the teacher (Day), who doesn’t like him. Susan Dunne,, "Two Doris Day movies showing outdoors at Wadsworth Atheneum," 8 July 2019 Meanwhile, a follow-up mission to be launched two years after—called Europa Lander, which would put some kind of device on the crusty surface—has become less certain. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Forget the Moon—We Should Go to Jupiter’s Idyllic Europa," 5 July 2019 White, crusty deposits form on teakettles and coffee pots. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How a Water Softener Works (And Why You Might Want One)," 4 July 2019 Even Sam Peckinpah, a crusty cynic who wanted no part of psychedelic hippie pacifism, began turning movie tropes inside out, with The Wild Bunch, a Western like no other before it. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Wild Bunch and American Disillusionment," 20 June 2019 Remove the lid, sprinkle the sausages with the cilantro and serve immediately with crusty bread or hot tortillas., "Recipe: Braised Chorizo and Grapes," 26 June 2019 Take them home and taste each one separately on the same type of crusty bread. Lucinda Scala Quinn, Washington Post, "How to put fancy, high-fat butter to its best use," 21 June 2019 Finish with lots of fresh chopped cilantro and serve with nice crusty bread drizzled with olive oil. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cooking shellfish: Chef Paul Arias shares recipes and tips," 18 June 2019 Let cook, adjusting the heat and swirling little bits of butter around the griddle as needed until the potatoes are golden and crusty on the bottom, 3 to 4 minutes. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of crusty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of crusty

: harsh and unfriendly
of food : having a thick or crisp crust
: having a crust : having a hard surface layer


\ ˈkrə-stē How to pronounce crusty (audio) \
crustier; crustiest

Kids Definition of crusty

1 : having a thick or crispy crust crusty bread
2 : cross entry 3 sense 1 a crusty reply

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