\ ˈlə-stē How to pronounce lusty (audio) \
lustier; lustiest

Definition of lusty

1 archaic : merry, joyous
2 : lustful lusty passion
3a : full of strength and vitality : healthy, vigorous a young, lusty, growing country— Helen Harris
b : hearty, robust a lusty beef stew
c : enthusiastic, rousing a lusty rendition of the song

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Other Words from lusty

lustily \ ˈlə-​stə-​lē How to pronounce lustily (audio) \ adverb
lustiness \ ˈlə-​stē-​nəs How to pronounce lustiness (audio) \ noun

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vigorous, energetic, strenuous, lusty, nervous mean having or showing great vitality and force. vigorous further implies showing no signs of depletion or diminishing of freshness or robustness. as vigorous as a youth half his age energetic suggests a capacity for intense activity. an energetic campaigner strenuous suggests a preference for coping with the arduous or the challenging. the strenuous life on an oil rig lusty implies exuberant energy and capacity for enjoyment. a lusty appetite for life nervous suggests especially the forcibleness and sustained effectiveness resulting from mental vigor. full of nervous energy

Examples of lusty in a Sentence

the lusty young rowers on the college crew team a lusty spirit of adventure
Recent Examples on the Web There’s no conflict between lusty music-making and sacred aspirations, between blue-note dissonance and Handelian choral writing, between folkloric gospel singing and ultra-sophisticated jazz improvisation. Howard Reich,, "Sacred jazz: Reflections on a rare performance of Marsalis’ ‘Abyssinian Mass’," 27 Nov. 2019 As the song went on, bass, drums, and a trumpet jumped in — adding an extra flair to the lusty song. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Harry Styles Made His “Saturday Night Live” Hosting Debut," 17 Nov. 2019 The crowd's lusty applause continued as the dancers waited for the judges' ruling on who won the competition. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Lord have mercy!': Hannah Brown, Lauren Alaina's wild salsa dance-off shook 'DWTS'," 6 Nov. 2019 And piquillo peppers stuffed with tuna salad get a lusty romesco and a shower of crisp, salty fried capers. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Century Grand isn't just Arcadia's ambitious new cocktail bar. It's a great restaurant too," 30 Oct. 2019 The library on old age has grown so voluminous that the fifty million Americans over the age of sixty-five could spend the rest of their lives reading such books, even as lusty retirees and power-lifting septuagenarians turn out new ones. Arthur Krystal, The New Yorker, "Why We Can’t Tell the Truth About Aging," 28 Oct. 2019 The kind of place Marlowe would’ve staked out, hunting for rich and lusty new clients. Chris Erskine,, "Our favorite ‘noir bars,’ dark sanctuaries on a blistering summer day," 27 June 2019 Henry Fielding’s lusty foundling hero meets a series of attractive women in 18th-century England. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Besides, other than the stance, the hood scoops and that lusty V8 soundtrack, a solid-color Durango would be almost stealthy. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Dodge plays to muscle car niche with power, technology," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of lusty

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lusty.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of lusty

: full of strength and energy


\ ˈlə-stē How to pronounce lusty (audio) \
lustier; lustiest

Kids Definition of lusty

: full of strength and energy lusty cheers

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