\ˈlə-stē \
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 \ adverb
lustiness \ ˈlə-​stē-​nəs \ 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

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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 When the conditions turn nice after a period of bad weather, wild turkeys often respond with a lusty chorus. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Fulfillment on Gobbler's Ridge comes from more than just harvesting turkeys," 12 May 2018 Summer pruning of kiwi trees is aimed at keeping the lusty vines in bounds. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Kiwis In Your Backyard," 6 Feb. 2018 Business investment, on the other hand, ticked up a lusty 6.1%. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "T-Mobile and Sprint, Walmart, Marathon and Andeavor: CEO Daily for April 30, 2018," 30 Apr. 2018 Freed from her jailer's chemical control, Anna gets hairier and lustier. Noel Murray,, "'Wildling' offers a darker, artier take on a classic Hollywood premise: the misunderstood teen," 12 Apr. 2018 This was Major League Baseball in downtown San Diego: bright lights, a lusty crowd, Mark Loretta smacking a double deep into left field and,inning by inning, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants chasing the great Willie Mays. Jeff Mcdonald,, "April 9, 2004: Petco Park opens," 9 Apr. 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 \
lustier; lustiest

Kids Definition of lusty

: full of strength and energy lusty cheers

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