\ 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

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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 Pick up some salami, prosciutto and crusty bread or crackers. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "How to Have a Picnic, Safely," 9 May 2020 Don't forget the crusty bread for dipping! Heat oven to 400°F. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Skillet Eggs With Mustard Greens and Hollandaise," 30 Apr. 2020 This sturdy knife is particularly helpful in cutting hard, crusty bread. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, "Here’s How to Bake the Best Bread at Home — and All the Tools You’ll Need," 25 Apr. 2020 Peopled by debutantes, crusty aristocrats and crumbling piles, its pages give the impression there is nothing in life so serious as a ball. The Economist, "Glitz-krieg," 18 Apr. 2020 Pollack bakes a dense, crusty ciabatta roll for the sandwich; the perfect sturdy vessel for the meat, sharp provolone and giardiniera. Jenn Harrisstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Where to find the best Italian sub sandwiches in Los Angeles," 14 Mar. 2020 Giraffes across East Africa have been known to carry a mysterious skin disease that causes oozing, crusty lesions on their limbs and necks. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Last Giraffes on Earth," 13 Mar. 2020 Symptoms are telltale redness in the whites of the eyes or inside lids along with swelling, itching and crusty discharge. Meryl Davids Landau, Good Housekeeping, "How to Maintain Good Eye Health, According to Doctors," 13 Mar. 2020 In 2017, the Supreme Court cut deep into crusty convention when Brenda Hale, already its deputy president, became president. Rashmee Roshan Lall, Quartz, "What is the UK Supreme Court and who is the woman who heads it?," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of crusty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Crusty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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