lustier; lustiest
archaic : merry, joyous
: lustful
lusty passion
: full of strength and vitality : healthy, vigorous
a young, lusty, growing countryHelen Harris
: hearty, robust
a lusty beef stew
: enthusiastic, rousing
a lusty rendition of the song
lustily adverb
lustiness 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

Example Sentences

the lusty young rowers on the college crew team a lusty spirit of adventure
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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lusty was in the 13th century

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“Lusty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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lustier; lustiest
: full of vitality : vigorous, robust
lustily adverb
lustiness noun

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