\ 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

Choose the Right Synonym for lusty

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 But the crucial progenitor was Charley Patton, a boastful, lusty, sometimes violent man who played guitar and sang with alarming ferocity. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 This was, of course, at their secondary school and the books in question were smuggled copies of romance novels—think Harlequin and Mills & Boon—which would be discreetly swapped with other lusty teenagers, out of sight of their teachers. Olivia Marks, Vogue, 28 May 2022 Within the first six weeks, Joan proved not only to be a lusty eater but a very social and cuddly baby who loved long warm baths, in other words, a hedonist in the making. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 Two women with guitars, coming on fierce, cool, arrogant, lusty, funny, not the least bit apologetic. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 7 Apr. 2022 Between spreading thighs, his normally lusty manhood is thinly covered, having conceded all to drink—the wine or water trickling from the deflating wine sack. William A. Wallace, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 Such moments conjure up a remarkable portrait, with the elderly appearing just as petty, reckless, lusty, zealous, difficult, vulnerable, and, perhaps most of all, scared to grow up as anyone else. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021 When two of Cy’s goons pause while beating Miles nearly to death, one of them looks up and flashes a lusty grin. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 20 Dec. 2021 Many movies have been made about the terrifying, lusty power of the sea. Rachel Handler, Vulture, 22 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of lusty

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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\ ˈlə-stē How to pronounce lusty (audio) \
lustier; lustiest

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