adjective (1)
\ˈrə-stē \
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


adjective (2)
rus·​ty | \ˈrə-stē \
rustier; rustiest

Definition of rusty (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly dialectal

Other Words from rusty

Adjective (1)

rustily \ˈrə-​stə-​lē \ adverb
rustiness \ˈrə-​stē-​nəs \ 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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\ˈrə-stē \
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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