dusty

adjective
\ 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 dustily (audio) \ adverb
dustiness \ ˈdə-​stē-​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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From high- and low-waist bikinis to sleek one-pieces in colors like navy, red, black, and dusty pink, there's a little something for everyone. Glamour, "Hatch Is Releasing New Maternity Swimwear—Just in Time for Summer," 30 Apr. 2019 Scientists tinker with chemical formulas, using all manner of exotic materials, only for that research to fade into the dusty annals of academia. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "New Lithium Metal Batteries Can Power Drones for Longer (and It Could Change Everything)," 16 Apr. 2019 Diane Lane, Laura Dern, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have been photographed in Hearst’s suits, which come in dusty pink with wrap details on a jacket for spring. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, "When Did "Wearable" Become a Dirty Word in Fashion?," 27 Mar. 2019 In director Saverio Costanzo’s imagining, even the colors of the neighborhood hint at the emotional effects of constant violence — everything is dull, dusty, and dark. Anna North, Vox, "My Brilliant Friend pulls back the curtain on women’s lives. What it reveals is dark and violent.," 20 Nov. 2018 The sale ends on Oct. 10, so there are only a few days left to make your dusty pink (or blue, or red...) dreams come true. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Sam's Club Is Selling An Exclusive Matte Pink KitchenAid Mixer—And At A Crazy-Low Price," 8 Oct. 2018 Neither drab nor dusty, their shops look Tumblr-ready with modernist sofas and edited racks. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The New Intimidation-Free Way to Get a Custom Suit," 9 Aug. 2018 Two weeks after the Kilauea volcano’s eruption sent lava shooting up from the ground, a dusty plume of ash erupted from the volcano’s summit on Thursday. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Summit Erupts, Shooting Cloud of Volcanic Ash and Smoke Into the Sky," 17 May 2018 But many in this city of dusty desert winds and blistering salsa, bristle at the prospect of their home becoming a border wall poster child. Will Weissert, The Seattle Times, "El Paso bristles at Trump’s claim that wall made city safe," 11 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of dusty

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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