\ 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 crusty (audio) \ adverb
crustiness \ ˈkrə-​stē-​nəs How to pronounce crusty (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.
Recent Examples on the Web This make-ahead vegetarian appetizer can be served on crackers, toast points or with crusty bread. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Ring in 2021 with a European flair," 29 Dec. 2020 There’s something undeniably festive about toothpick food—and devilishly satisfying about spooning leftovers, marinade and all, onto crusty European bread to eat alone. Benjamin Kemper, Bon Appétit, "My Only Holiday Plan Is Making My Own Mussels in Escabeche," 21 Dec. 2020 Blepharitis manifests as inflammation of the eyelids, which can also include flaky or crusty eyelids or eyelashes, as well as redness, itching, or burning around the eyes and lids. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Blepharitis Cases on the Rise: Here's Why Your Eyelids May Be Swollen Right Now," 4 Dec. 2020 My favorite way to eat homemade ricotta is to spread it on a slice of crusty bread, drizzle it with honey and grate some black pepper on top. Washington Post, "How to make creamy ricotta at home in just 30 minutes," 7 Dec. 2020 Toast up some crusty bread and add your favorite fixings. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "Whoops. You cooked too much for your small Thanksgiving. What to do with the leftovers," 24 Nov. 2020 Schettler’s package from 2002 also included a mash-up of a Cobb salad and club sandwich that featured bacon, avocado, mayo and red onion piled onto dense, crusty white bread with sliced turkey. Washington Post, "How to make the most of Thanksgiving leftovers," 24 Nov. 2020 Top-sellers like the Desayuno Criollo ($15), with crispy slices of pork, tamales, fried sweet potatoes and salsa criollo on crusty French bread, also will be offered. Phillip Valys,, "Encore! Bravo Peruvian Cuisine opening second kitchen in Coral Springs," 13 Nov. 2020 Transfer the batter to the loaf pan, spread evenly to the edges, and bake until crusty and golden brown on the top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 75 to 80 minutes. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "5 dishes to cook for the 4th of July," 1 July 2020

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First Known Use of crusty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Crusty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce crusty (audio)

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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