\ ˈdə-stē 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 \ ˈdə-​stə-​lē How to pronounce dusty (audio) \ adverb
dustiness \ ˈdə-​stē-​nəs How to pronounce dusty (audio) \ noun

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Examples of dusty in a Sentence

He pulled dusty candlesticks from the shelf. His new tie is a dusty blue.
Recent Examples on the Web Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel Named after the legendary designer’s favorite material, this crisp, green, woody fragrance from 1975, with its powdery, slightly dusty, heart practically smells gray—in a good way. Lee Kynaston, Robb Report, 6 June 2021 When September arrives, no one cares who’s out of the lineup, who’s hitting rockets into bad luck or how dusty your swag chain becomes. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 June 2021 The latest film perhaps belongs in the Warrens’ basement trophy room with all the others, sealed off from the present day like a dusty museum of artifacts. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, 4 June 2021 Sweet tannins and plenty of dusty oak spice, vanilla, and milk chocolate pot de crème. Brian Freedman, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Campers occupied dusty riverbanks farther north at Shasta Lake. Adam Beam, Star Tribune, 3 June 2021 Choose from five vintage shades, pale yellow, weathered rose, dusty ivory, heather platinum, or navy. Daria Smith, Southern Living, 3 June 2021 The dusty hamlet offers nothing to residents in terms of treatment or testing. David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 The house becomes a source of contention; too big, too dusty, too old; too damp. Sara B. Franklin, House Beautiful, 2 June 2021

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Dusty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dusty. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dusty

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


\ 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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