\ 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

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 Observations of the latter two will be used to calibrate Webb’s performance, while the dusty galaxies will serve as a test for how well its infrared vision can see through dust. Sumeet Kulkarni, Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2022 In March 2020, citing the risk that migrants might carry Covid, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) resurrected a dusty piece of legislation. Eli Cahan, Rolling Stone, 23 July 2022 The news comes amid Pearl Jam canceling consecutive shows this week in Vienna and Prague after Vedder damaged his throat and vocal cords singing amid hot, dusty, and smoky conditions at Lollapalooza Paris last Sunday. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 23 July 2022 The grass in the park was yellow and dusty, and the line to enter the pond was long. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, 20 July 2022 Biden visited the dusty grounds of the former Brayton Point power plant, which closed in 2017 after burning coal for more than five decades. Seung Min Kim And Matthew Daly, Chicago Tribune, 20 July 2022 The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood alum sported a dusty rose shirt underneath his two-piece set, and embellished his look with pendant necklaces, a pair of sunglasses, and black combat boots. Shafiq Najib, PEOPLE.com, 19 July 2022 By going through articles from dusty old outdoor magazines, Schullery finds writers speculating on causes for the phenomenon, from which the historian in him draws insight into human thinking of the time. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 16 July 2022 The Webb images show how the infrared observatory can peer through space's dusty environment to uncover unseen aspects of the universe. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 16 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dusty

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Jul 2022

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“Dusty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dusty. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for dusty


\ 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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