\ˈkrə-stē \
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 \ adverb
crustiness \ ˈkrə-​stē-​nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for crusty


abrupt, bluff, blunt, brusque (also brusk), curt, downright, short, snippy, unceremonious


circuitous, mealymouthed

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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.

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Notes: For sizzling crusty ribs, brush the racks on both sides with glaze and move them directly over one of the fire zones for the last few minutes of cooking. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Ribs 101: Pitmasters offer advice on cooking ribs," 1 July 2018 Seeing Rogers win over crusty Rhode Island Sen. John Pastore with his 1969 testimony is one of this film's highlights. Kenneth Turan,, "‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’: The documentary that shows how Mister Rogers made goodness desirable," 7 June 2018 Add sherry to pan and cook down until evaporated, scraping up any crusty bits remaining in the pan. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Shooter’s Sandwich," 16 May 2018 Walleye was small though tender with a crusty coating. Marc Bona,, "Flying Fig quietly maintains its wonderful place in Cleveland's culinary world," 3 May 2018 In Tolland in northeastern Connecticut, hard, crusty ice mostly stuck to grass, decks and cars. Christine Dempsey,, "Wednesday Warning: Watch For Icy Roads, Weather Service Says," 18 Apr. 2018 Serve the soup with rosé wine, a wedge of manchego cheese and crusty bread. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "Pack up a picnic of Spanish tapas to feed a crowd," 3 July 2018 The mini pies are just as ooey-gooey cheesy (with three kinds of cheese!) as the classic, but perfectly portioned as a brunch dish; just add crusty baguettes with butter and a simple, crisp salad to round out the meal. The Courier-Journal, "A shareable potluck classic goes fun with broccoli and cheese pies for one," 2 June 2018 Serve it as-is, or layered onto a crusty baguette for an incredible sandwich. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chicken Cutlets with Ham and Swiss," 22 July 2014

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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 \
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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