\ˈdəs-tē \
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 \ adverb
dustiness \ -​tē-​nəs \ noun

Examples of dusty in a Sentence

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

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Indigo Intel The blue base is cut with subtle white threads for a dusty cornflower blue hue. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Chambray Shirt: Why Every Man Needs This All-American Staple," 3 July 2018 These dusty-pink Ancient Greek sandals handmade by artisans in Greece are a new version of the brand’s signature crossover design. The Editors, The Strategist, "These Pink Velvet Ancient Greek Sandals Are 60 Percent Off," 25 June 2018 Stanich, a welder and maintenance manager for a crane rental facility in Texas City, got into his gray Ford pickup, dusty and muddy from the crane lot, and headed to meet her. Susan Carroll, David Hunn And Emily Foxhall, San Antonio Express-News, "Terrifying minutes in Santa Fe class room changed lives forever," 20 May 2018 Stone Sour keeps the song in its dusty lane, holding on to the vibe throughout its four and a half minutes. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Stone Sour Unveils 'St. Marie' Video, Indulging In 'Country Side' of Band: Premiere," 5 Apr. 2018 One was a more subtle, dusty pink, and another was gray with a thicker white band. Rachel Charlene Lewis, SELF, "Wearing a Bra Feels at Odds With My Queerness," 31 Mar. 2018 The coyotes took us to a dusty, dilapidated shack on an old, dirt road, surrounded by nothingness, with the U.S. border on the horizon. Maria E. Andreu, Teen Vogue, "I Could Have Been Separated From My Mother While Crossing the Border Between the United States and Mexico," 18 June 2018 This explains why in Season 1 a young member of Ghost Nation dropped a carving of one of the Delos employees in the dusty streets of Sweetwater. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "How Westworld’s Most Beautiful Episode Yet Answers 9 Major Mysteries," 10 June 2018 This episode even features a one-on-one showdown in a dusty street — only this one is a swordfight, not a gun duel. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Westworld turns things up a notch in “Phase Space”," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of dusty

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \
dustier; dustiest

Kids Definition of dusty

1 : filled or covered with dust

2 : resembling dust dusty soil

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to express warning or disapproval

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