\ 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

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But the jeers grew particularly lusty about 90 minutes before the Angels defeated the Astros 7-2 amid an altercation sparked when Marisnick was hit by a pitch. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Benches clear in Angels-Astros game after Jake Marisnick is hit by a pitch," 16 July 2019 Amazon grows like a startup—revenues jumped 31% to $233 billion in 2018—and suddenly the ambitious-as-its-name company is recording lusty profits as well. Fortune, "," 1 July 2019 And the performers make the most of their supporting characters, as well — especially Sean Powell as a bank manager with a dream and Brittany Halen as a lusty young lass. Matthew J. Palm,, "Mad Cow’s ‘Once’ hits the heart but doesn’t quite grab the soul | Review," 9 June 2019 But the actor getting the most Tony buzz is up-and-comer Katie Finneran, whose over-the-top turn as lusty lush Marge MacDougall keeps the audience in tears for much of the second act. Jennifer Dixon, Harper's BAZAAR, "Broadway's Promises, Promises Promises to Be Charming," 3 May 2010 Celebrate the lusty vibes with the Too Faced Throwback Collection, a limited edition lipstick series that delivers an irresistible retro sparkle. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What September's Libra Horoscope Means for You," 30 Aug. 2018 The French lady across the aisle did not appreciate the lusty splash or our accompanying giggles. Jennifer Goldstein, Marie Claire, "I Brought a "Wine Purse" to Paris and the French Were Not Amused," 15 Feb. 2017 Aquarius With the intensity of lusty Mars in your sign for an unusually long time, new desires are bound to awaken and actualize in your life. Rebecca Gordon, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Find Summer Romance According to the Stars," 21 June 2018 Her lusty exploits served as some mixture of comedic relief, vision-board fodder, and cautionary tale for the other three women. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Long Live Samantha Jones," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of lusty

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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