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

Examples of lusty in a Sentence

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

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

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“Lusty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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

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