\ 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

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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 Arielle Skye, 29, started selling small batches of delicious, aggressively crusty bagels on her bicycle, and later found an audience with a wonky cardboard sign every Saturday at the farmers’ market in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. New York Times, "The Best Bagels Are in California (Sorry, New York)," 8 Mar. 2021 Make sure to use crusty bread with a rustic, sturdy crumb; a soft, yielding loaf will lead to a soggy, dense pudding., "Make-ahead recipes for Easter brunch," 24 Mar. 2021 Serve hot, with crusty bread and pieces of Parmesan on the side, if desired. Washington Post, "Calabrian chile oil belongs in your pantry — and on this creamy white bean soup," 11 Mar. 2021 Serve with rice noodles, glass noodles, any pasta, jasmine rice or with crusty bread. John Stanton | Gambit Editor,, "Don’t forget to feed your belly after feeding your soul on Mardi Gras," 8 Feb. 2021 Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve in big bowls with slices of crusty bread. Miska Lewis, Bon Appétit, "Porotos Con Riendas is the Stew to End All Stews," 21 Jan. 2021 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

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First Known Use of crusty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Apr 2021

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“Crusty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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