dusty

adjective
\ ˈdəs-tē How to pronounce dusty (audio) \
dustier; dustiest

Definition of dusty

1 : covered or abounding with dust
2 : consisting of dust : powdery
3 : resembling dust
4 : lacking vitality : dry dusty scholarship
5 British : unsatisfactory used especially in the phrases dusty answer and not so dusty

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Other Words from dusty

dustily \ ˈdəs-​tə-​lē How to pronounce dustily (audio) \ adverb
dustiness \ -​tē-​nəs How to pronounce dustiness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for dusty

Synonyms

fine, floury, powdery

Antonyms

coarse, grainy, granular, granulated

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Examples of dusty in a Sentence

He pulled dusty candlesticks from the shelf. His new tie is a dusty blue.

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His family says he was last seen alive fleeing alongside other protesters through the dusty streets of the capital’s Las Adjuntas slum as national guardsmen opened fire on people who had blocked streets with mounds of trash. Fabiola Sanchez, The Seattle Times, "Deadly crackdown stokes fear among protesters in Venezuela," 20 Feb. 2019 The bodies of the two men were dumped on a dusty street near the Metropolitan Cemetery and taken to the morgue, where someone recognized Jara and secretly informed his wife, the British dancer Joan Turner Jara. Eva Vergara, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-soldiers convicted of killing Chilean singer Victor Jara," 4 July 2018 Stone finished off her evening look with dusty rose eye makeup that made her green eyes pop and a light coral lip. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Emma Stone Embraces a Darker Dye Job for Winter," 20 Jan. 2019 Yang Liansheng, a retired fisherman, takes two daily walks, passing by Binhai’s empty buildings and dusty construction lots. Chao Deng, WSJ, "China Finds Big-Ticket Spending Is a Road to Nowhere," 20 Oct. 2018 Some brow pomades and gels tend to look dusty after hours of wear but the Kush Brow Gel remained dark and saturated-looking. Sable Yong, Allure, "Milk Makeup's New Kush Brow Gel Coats Your Eyebrows in the Magic of Tinted CBD Oil," 22 June 2018 Optimism is harder to find in the last galleries, where Adams’s photographs of California ghost towns in the ’30s are matched with Mr. Epstein’s sarcastic view from 2007 of a California golf course next to a dusty field crowded with wind turbines. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, "‘Ansel Adams in Our Time’ Review: Reconsidering a Mountainous Career," 12 Dec. 2018 View is not so dusty In the latest paper, the researchers go through several different analysis techniques and tests to ensure that the effect of dust has been accounted for. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Inflation theories must dig deeper to avoid collision with data," 6 Dec. 2018 And some, like me, end up buying property here despite the fact that (or because) this globally renowned cultural mecca consists of a single stoplight, a few dusty streets, and a hodgepodge of mostly unassuming architecture. Rima Suqi, ELLE Decor, "How an Abandoned Texas Home Is Restored Into an Ethereal Country Getaway," 20 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of dusty

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dusty was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for dusty

dusty

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of dusty

: filled or covered with dust
: slightly gray : somewhat dark or dull in color

dusty

adjective
\ ˈdə-stē How to pronounce dusty (audio) \
dustier; dustiest

Kids Definition of dusty

1 : filled or covered with dust
2 : resembling dust dusty soil

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