dusty

adjective
\ ˈdəs-tē 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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Other Words from dusty

dustily \ ˈdəs-​tə-​lē How to pronounce dustily (audio) \ adverb
dustiness \ -​tē-​nəs How to pronounce dustiness (audio) \ 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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In director Saverio Costanzo’s imagining, even the colors of the neighborhood hint at the emotional effects of constant violence — everything is dull, dusty, and dark. Anna North, Vox, "My Brilliant Friend pulls back the curtain on women’s lives. What it reveals is dark and violent.," 20 Nov. 2018 The sale ends on Oct. 10, so there are only a few days left to make your dusty pink (or blue, or red...) dreams come true. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Sam's Club Is Selling An Exclusive Matte Pink KitchenAid Mixer—And At A Crazy-Low Price," 8 Oct. 2018 Neither drab nor dusty, their shops look Tumblr-ready with modernist sofas and edited racks. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The New Intimidation-Free Way to Get a Custom Suit," 9 Aug. 2018 Two weeks after the Kilauea volcano’s eruption sent lava shooting up from the ground, a dusty plume of ash erupted from the volcano’s summit on Thursday. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Summit Erupts, Shooting Cloud of Volcanic Ash and Smoke Into the Sky," 17 May 2018 But many in this city of dusty desert winds and blistering salsa, bristle at the prospect of their home becoming a border wall poster child. Will Weissert, The Seattle Times, "El Paso bristles at Trump’s claim that wall made city safe," 11 Feb. 2019 Divine's Story Two airy white tents occupy what until the day before was just a plot of stark, dusty red land in Bugesera, rural Rwanda. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 His family says he was last seen alive fleeing alongside other protesters through the dusty streets of the capital’s Las Adjuntas slum as national guardsmen opened fire on people who had blocked streets with mounds of trash. Fabiola Sanchez, The Seattle Times, "Deadly crackdown stokes fear among protesters in Venezuela," 20 Feb. 2019 The bodies of the two men were dumped on a dusty street near the Metropolitan Cemetery and taken to the morgue, where someone recognized Jara and secretly informed his wife, the British dancer Joan Turner Jara. Eva Vergara, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-soldiers convicted of killing Chilean singer Victor Jara," 4 July 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 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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