\ 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Many movies have been made about the terrifying, lusty power of the sea. Rachel Handler, Vulture, 22 Oct. 2021 In a matter of a few hours at Citi Field, Baez went from a villain worthy of lusty boos to the heroic recipient of a standing ovation amid a happy celebration at home plate. New York Times, 31 Aug. 2021 The first Twilight novel—in which a small-town high school became the backdrop of a lusty inter-species love story—recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 21 June 2021 Greek gods are often lusty, belligerent, stubborn and selfish. Mark Athitakis, USA TODAY, 6 May 2021 An English charmer and a lusty American make love over a course of surprising events. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2021 Heavy black makeup, cheap champagne — tasting like a mix of gasoline and apple Jolly Ranchers — and the lusty adoration of a French Quarter club full of hipsters help propel Rosemary’s burlesque routine. Will Coviello,, 10 Aug. 2020 Fortunately for those who would rather not encounter a tangle of lusty reptiles during their morning jog, water snake dalliances are fleeting. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Feb. 2020 The father and son from Muskego worked their turkey calls and were rewarded with lusty gobbles. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 May 2020

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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 6 Dec. 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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