\ 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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dustily \ ˈdə-​stə-​lē How to pronounce dustily (audio) \ adverb
dustiness \ ˈdə-​stē-​nəs How to pronounce dustiness (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 Recently Julian walked into Parallax, dusty from a nearby work project. Marc Bona, cleveland, "3 Clevelanders reflect on Father’s Day by sharing unique stories, lessons," 20 June 2020 Dust is a great ice cloud seeder, but due to the lack of dusty land sources in the Southern Hemisphere, some scientists have hypothesized that other types of particles might be driving ice cloud formation over the Southern Ocean. Thomas Hill, The Conversation, "We caught bacteria from the most pristine air on earth to help solve a climate modeling mystery," 19 June 2020 His family’s house was old and grand and packed with dusty antiques, in contrast with the glitzy high-rises where his friends lived. Ryan Bradley, The Atlantic, "The Social Codes of the Crazy Rich," 19 June 2020 Much of modernist architecture can be understood as a consequence of the fear of disease, a desire to eradicate dark rooms and dusty corners where bacteria lurk. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, "How the Coronavirus Will Reshape Architecture," 17 June 2020 Visibility sensors and weather radars trigger a series of electronic speed signs and overhead warnings that will alert drivers to the dusty conditions and encourage them to slow down or get off the highway. Alana Minkler, azcentral, "Monsoon season starts Monday, kicking off hazardous weather conditions in Arizona," 14 June 2020 The pair then place a row of cardboard boxes, filled to the brim with books sorted by reading level, and a couple boxes of T-shirts on the dusty street. oregonlive, "For Warm Springs students, distance learning hinged on the strength of connections, both human and technological," 14 June 2020 Jam is also a form of reassurance—those dusty jars kept at the back of a cupboard, just in case, are a silent comfort. The Economist, "Home Entertainment Jam embodies resilience—and dogged optimism," 13 June 2020 Virtually Here Studios, uses a dusty olive paint color (Adaptive Shade by Sherwin-Williams) on the trim and baseboards to add subtle visual interest to the neutral spaces. Laura Lambert, Better Homes & Gardens, "Why Green Is the Back-to-Nature Color We're Craving for 2020," 10 June 2020

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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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23 Jun 2020

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“Dusty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dusty. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce dusty (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dusty

: filled or covered with dust
: slightly gray : somewhat dark or dull in color


\ 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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