crustier; crustiest
: having or being a crust
: giving an effect of surly incivility in address or disposition
crustily adverb
crustiness 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 To my mind, a stew needs to be thick enough to eat with a fork but coated with plenty of velvety sauce so there’s a puddle left at the bottom of the bowl, easily mopped up with a piece of crusty bread (or soaked up by rice, noodles or mashed potatoes). Melissa Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Apr. 2024 At dinnertime, just toss in a few ingredients for flavor and serve with a loaf of crusty bread for a hearty, easy meal in minutes. 4 of 15Erin Kunkel Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo This recipe turns a beloved pasta dish—rich, creamy Alfredo—into an easy, one-pot endeavor. Jenna Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 14 Mar. 2024 Serve it over couscous or with salad greens; or plunk the dish in the center of the table and serve it as an appetizer with pita wedges and crusty bread for sopping up the juices. Lynda Balslev, The Mercury News, 11 Mar. 2024 To complete the meal, serve with a simple leafy salad and, of course, crusty bread for mopping up the sauce. Christopher Kimball, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Dec. 2023 Get the recipe > Best Jamaican Jerk Chicken The key to jerk chicken that tastes like it does in Jamaica is to use pimento wood and make sure your meat gets those dark, crusty edges. Saveur Editors, Saveur, 14 Feb. 2024 Bake until batter is done and the top of the pie is a golden, crusty brown. Cindy Dampier, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 The crusty old leader of the Amazon River’s hidden macaw tribe isn’t exactly impressed with his son-in-law, or his son-in-law’s fanny pack. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Ruiz-Redondo and his team are awaiting a full laboratory analysis of Cova Dones’ motifs—including radiometric dating of their crusty mineral coverings—but until then, a couple of logical approaches provide some clarity. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of crusty was in the 14th century

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“Crusty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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crustier; crustiest
: having or being a crust
crustiness noun

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