\ 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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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 Bake until the tops are golden and crusty, 15 to 18 minutes. Chrissy Teigen, Good Housekeeping, "Croissant Bread Pudding Ham Cups," 14 Jan. 2019 About once a month, one of us takes out a trusty, crusty recorder and puts in a new tape. Eileen Sharkey,, "In the age of Skype, we still keep in touch via cassette tape," 8 June 2018 The wonderful Duncan Lacroix plays Murtagh, now a crusty old blacksmith who cheats Jamie’s nephew Ian of all their money. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "5 Biggest Takeaways From 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 5," 3 Dec. 2018 Back in Britain, crusty old Tories like Birkenhead and Churchill crowed at every display of Indian disunity, which enabled them to claim that India could be united only under the British Raj. Ferdinand Mount, WSJ, "‘Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World’ Review: The Prophet as Politician," 1 Nov. 2018 Nighy is her crusty neighbor — a straight line of a man who loves books, but not people — and Clarkson is a society matron opposed to the shop. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times, "Love bookstores and English villages? ‘The Bookshop’ may just be the film for you," 28 Aug. 2018 Panic bakery delivers with the crustiest bread in Madrid from masa madre or Spanish sourdough baked right next to Quesería Cultivo, a haven of small-batch local cheeses. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Where to Eat and Shop in Malasaña, the Williamsburg of Madrid," 22 July 2018 Markus Amm's recent paintings at David Kordansky Gallery, with their luminous layers and crusty edges, incite just such rousing engagement. Leah Ollman,, "Markus Amm's luminous paintings, like portals into liquid worlds of color," 13 Mar. 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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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