\ 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 lusty (audio) \ adverb
lustiness \ ˈlə-​stē-​nəs How to pronounce lusty (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
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First Known Use of lusty

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lusty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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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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