\ 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

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 The snowbanks were crusty and brown, festooned with black and silver power lines. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Jan. 2022 VanTrece likes to do this while the skillet is still warm, before the grime gets a chance to harden or get crusty. Marygrace Taylor, SELF, 6 Nov. 2021 The candy might absorb undesirable odors, or the surface may dry out too fast and get crusty, Parks says. John Kennedy, Popular Science, 3 Nov. 2020 The level is measured by gauges along a crusty stretch of shoreline next to the town of Lee Vining. Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2022 The only other thing to say here is that lots of people are going to see this as an opportunity to use the crusty old bottle of Chambord sitting in the back of their cabinet. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 14 Apr. 2022 Throughout his lifetime, Cudahy inspired a raft of adjectives, including eccentric, outspoken, crusty, free-spirited and feisty. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Mar. 2022 Lee gives the role of clueless old pop a fresh, crusty warmth. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 The result will be a crusty coating while the inside remains juicy. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of crusty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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\ 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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