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gust Beyond Wind
You're no doubt familiar with the simple gust that means "a brief burst of wind." At least a century and a half before that word first appeared in print in the late 16th century, however, a differently derived homograph came on the scene. The windy gust is probably derived from an Old Norse word gustr, whereas our older featured word (which is now considerably rarer than its look-alike) comes to us through Middle English from gustus, the Latin word for "taste." Gustus gave English another word as well. Gusto (which now usually means "zest" but can also mean "an individual or specific taste") comes to us from gustus by way of Italian.
Examples of gust in a Sentence
The forecast calls for winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour.
GUST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gust for English Language Learners
of wind : to blow strongly for a short time : to blow in gusts
GUST Defined for Kids
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