gust

noun (1)
\ˈgəst \

Definition of gust 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 obsolete

a : the sensation of taste

b : inclination, liking

2 : keen delight

gust

noun (2)

Definition of gust (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a sudden brief rush of wind

2 : a sudden outburst : surge a gust of emotion

gust

verb
gusted; gusting; gusts

Definition of gust (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to blow in gusts winds gusting up to 40 mph

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Other Words from gust

Noun (2)

gustily \ ˈgə-​stə-​lē \ adverb
gustiness \ ˈgə-​stē-​nəs \ noun
gusty \ ˈgə-​stē \ adjective

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

Verb

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

First Known Use of gust

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gust

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

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

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The first known use of gust was in the 15th century

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gust

verb

English Language Learners Definition of gust

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

gust

noun
\ˈgəst \

Kids Definition of gust

1 : a sudden brief rush of wind

2 : a sudden outburst a gust of laughter

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