dusty

adjective
\ 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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Other Words from dusty

dustily \ ˈdə-​stə-​lē How to pronounce dustily (audio) \ adverb
dustiness \ ˈdə-​stē-​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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Decor was designed by Rishi Patel of HMR Designs, with hues of crisp whites, soft blush pink, creams, and dusty pinks for the couple. Lindsay Kimble, PEOPLE.com, "Green Bay Packers' Danny Vitale Marries Caley Chelios in 'Magical' Chicago Wedding," 18 July 2019 They were greeted by a chaotic and enchanting city of 1 million people, where pink dolphins glide through the waterways and three-wheeled motorized rickshaws rumble across dusty streets. NBC News, "At remote Amazon jungle hospital, U.S. med students learn vital lessons," 8 July 2019 The young Sissi would watch father and son kicking the ball back and forth on the dusty streets, pretending to score goals for their beloved Brazil. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Sissi: The Brazilian who defied a dictatorship to become a World Cup great," 21 June 2019 Very Victoria is designed to compliment Victoria Beckham’s signature smoky eye, and has a dusty-pink tint to give it a bit of warmth, which helps make nudes feel more wearable. Glamour, "5 Women Try Meghan Markle's Favorite Lipstick," 31 May 2019 If a mirror does get dusty, Harris recommends dusting with a feather duster or using a small amount of window-cleaning solution on the plate. Helen Carefoot, Twin Cities, "How to decorate with mirrors without turning your home into a fun house," 29 June 2019 The story became imprinted in the still, small part of me who also longed for more, who felt like the Baby who did not quite fit in with my dusty desert town. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Bette Midler Looks Back on Her Autobiographical, Fantastical Children’s Book, “The Saga of Baby Divine”," 25 June 2019 Based in Nogales, Arizona, a small, dusty town in the Sonoran Desert, Joanna Williams works for the Kino Border Initiative, a Catholic group that aides migrants. A.c. Thompson, ProPublica, "Years Ago, the Border Patrol’s Discipline System Was Denounced as “Broken.” It’s Still Not Fixed.," 20 June 2019 The next month, the security police astride the Jordanian border in the dusty southern town of Daraa ignited the tinder by torturing children who had scrawled anti-Assad graffiti on walls. Charles Glass, Harper's magazine, "“Tell Me How This Ends”," 10 Feb. 2019

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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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