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gust

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noun \ˈgəst\

Definition of gust

  1. 1 obsolete a :  the sensation of tasteb :  inclination, liking

  2. 2 :  keen delight

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of gust

Middle English guste, from Latin gustus; akin to Latin gustare to taste — more at choose


First Known Use: 15th century

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gust

noun

Definition of gust

  1. 1 :  a sudden brief rush of wind

  2. 2 :  a sudden outburst :  surge a gust of emotion

gustily

play \ˈgə-stə-lē\ adverb

gustiness

play \ˈgə-stē-nəs\ noun

gusty

play \ˈgə-stē\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of gust

probably from Old Norse gustr; akin to Old High German gussa flood, and perhaps to Old English gēotan to pour — more at found


First Known Use: 1594

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gust

verb

Definition of gust

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to blow in gusts winds gusting up to 40 mph

Examples of gust in a Sentence

  1. The forecast calls for winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour.

1813

First Known Use of gust

1813


GUST Defined for English Language Learners

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gust

verb

Definition of gust for English Language Learners

  • of wind : to blow strongly for a short time : to blow in gusts


GUST Defined for Kids

gust

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noun \ˈgəst\

Definition of gust for Students

  1. 1 :  a sudden brief rush of wind

  2. 2 :  a sudden outburst a gust of laughter



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