\ ˈrə-stē How to pronounce rusty (audio) \
rustier; rustiest

Definition of rusty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : affected by or as if by rust especially : stiff with or as if with rust
2 : inept and slow through lack of practice or old age
3a : of the color rust
b : dulled in color or appearance by age and use rusty old boots
4 : outmoded
rus·​ty | \ ˈrə-stē How to pronounce rusty (audio) \
rustier; rustiest

Definition of rusty (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly dialectal

Other Words from rusty

Adjective (1)

rustily \ ˈrə-​stə-​lē How to pronounce rusty (audio) \ adverb
rustiness \ ˈrə-​stē-​nəs How to pronounce rusty (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of rusty

Adjective (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (2)

1694, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rusty

Adjective (2)

alteration of restive

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“Rusty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rusty. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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\ ˈrə-stē How to pronounce rusty (audio) \
rustier; rustiest

Kids Definition of rusty

1 : affected by rust a rusty nail
2 : less skilled and slow through lack of practice or use Living alone on a mountain … your speaking voice gets rusty.— Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain

Other Words from rusty

rustiness noun

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