\ 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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With fading and peeling paint, Knievel’s private living quarters were dusty and run down. Shaun Goodwin, kansascity, "How the heck did an Evel Knievel museum wind up in northeast Kansas?," 26 June 2018 There were boxes all around and a lot of dusty books. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Joan 'Penny' Colgan-Davis, innovative educator and clerk of Quaker meetings," 6 July 2018 But none of the 15 or so people NBC News spoke to in this dusty town of 13,000 welcomed the idea. NBC News, "Amid Trump's Mideast push, an abandoned building reminds Palestinians of past failures," 16 June 2018 Gone are the days of cantankerous, old librarians and nothing but row after row of dusty old books. Tyler Langan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Germantown library aims to change perception of public libraries in the 21st century," 24 May 2018 Although compared to dusty art books, a drawer full of beer doesn't sound half bad. Caroline Picard, House Beautiful, "This Genius Coffee Table Keeps Drinks Cold and Charges Your Phone," 29 Mar. 2017 Miners who breathe dusty air over a period of years are at risk of contracting pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. Washington Post, "Feds: Kentucky coal mine supervisors cheated on dust samples," 11 July 2018 The setting is dreamy, full of ‘60s rock and dusty scenery as Camille drives home, swigging vodka from a water bottle the entire way. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Pointed Observations About Sharp Objects Episode 1," 9 July 2018 Instead, these kids so desperate to have a safe and healthy childhood and grow into productive adults are more often treated as criminals — sleeping in wire cages inside abandoned Walmarts or in dusty desert tents in 104-degree border towns. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "The world shows its love to kids in a Thai cave. We need that same love for kids at the border | Will Bunch," 8 July 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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