dust·​er | \ ˈdə-stər How to pronounce duster (audio) \

Definition of duster

1 : one that removes dust
2a(1) : a long lightweight overgarment to protect clothing from dust
(2) : a long coat cut like a duster

called also duster coat

b : a dress-length housecoat
3 : one that scatters fine particles specifically : a device for applying insecticidal or fungicidal dusts to crops

Examples of duster in a Sentence

He wore a tan duster.
Recent Examples on the Web How To Clean Walls Wipe down walls with a dry duster. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, "If You Haven't Wiped Down Your Walls in a While, Now Is the Time To Do It," 15 May 2020 The workers use Swiffers and dusters, and DaBaby accepts some dollops of hand sanitizer. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "The Latest Indulgence in Hip-Hop Videos? Coronavirus Protection," 28 Apr. 2020 The crop-duster dropped water to slow the flames’ advance across the dry fields. USA TODAY, "Native Hawaiian princess, beer bandits, flaming hand sanitizer: News from around our 50 states," 11 Mar. 2020 Wash cleaning rags, shake out dusters and brooms, and microwave the kitchen sponge for two minutes daily then replace it every two weeks. oregonlive, "How to sanitize upholstery and home surfaces without damaging them in a coronavirus clean," 20 Mar. 2020 The whooole look is virtually the same, from the Marine Serre catsuit and the black leather duster, all the way to the tiny black sunnies on their noses. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "The Internet is Accusing Kylie Jenner of Copying Beyoncé's Outfit," 10 Mar. 2020 Every so often, a wool sheep is found that hasn’t been sheared for years, emerging from a cave or a remote mountain pass looking like a bulbous duster on spindly legs. Sarah Nassauer, WSJ, "Fiber Optics: Wool Lovers Battle Animal-Rights Crowd Over Sheep Shearing," 7 Jan. 2019 Hook: #8-10 heavy nymph hook Thread: 6/0 (140 denier), tier’s choice of color Body: Microfiber finger from duster, bath mat, etc. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, "9 Simple Flies for Catching Early-Season Trout," 30 Mar. 2020 Throwing off a duster to reveal a yellow fringe dress, Ximines proceeded to exhibit dance skills to match her singing ability and even got the judges on their feet. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, "'American Idol' recap: Most of top 20 set before coronavirus-forced delay of live shows," 6 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of duster

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 May 2020

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“Duster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duster. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of duster

: something that removes dust
US : a device that is used by farmers to spray chemicals (such as pesticides) over a large area
US, somewhat old-fashioned : a long light coat

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