dusty

adjective
\ 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

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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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 From a dusty baseball field to a crumpled napkin, and through the coaching grapevine to the Super Bowl. Jenny Vrentas, SI.com, "Alshon Jeffery Played Through a Torn Rotator Cuff on Sundays Because of What He Did on Fridays," 23 Feb. 2018 Mercedes' return to its dormant, dusty roots as a straight-six car company is more than a tentative step. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Straight From the Grave: An Iconic Engine Design Makes a Comeback," 21 Aug. 2018 In a show that explores the present attack on reproductive justice, West imagines a broken society rapidly declining into a dusty, arid wasteland. Kt Hawbaker, chicagotribune.com, "With 2018-19 season, Jackalope Theatre Company to stage two world premieres," 10 July 2018 Indeed, Red Table Talk was borne from conversations between Jada and Pauletta Washington (married to Denzel) at the Smith family’s own dusty red table seven years ago. Mariano Vivanco; Styled By Simon Robins, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New American Dynasty," 3 Dec. 2018 Rising from the cotton fields and dusty roads not far from the dark fence marking the U.S.-Mexico border, the camp has rows of beige tents and golf carts that ferry staffers carrying walkie-talkies. Garance Burke And Martha Mendoza, The Seattle Times, "US waived FBI checks on staff at growing teen migrant camp," 28 Nov. 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 \
dustier; dustiest

Kids Definition of dusty

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

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