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noun (1)

: the sensation of taste
: keen delight


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noun (2)

: a sudden brief rush of wind
: a sudden outburst : surge
a gust of emotion
gustily adverb
gustiness noun
gusty adjective


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gusted; gusting; gusts

intransitive verb

: to blow in gusts
winds gusting up to 40 mph

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Gust Beyond Wind

You're no doubt familiar with the simple gust that means "a brief burst of wind." At least a century and a half before that word first appeared in print in the late 16th century, however, a differently derived homograph came on the scene. The windy gust is probably derived from an Old Norse word gustr, whereas our older featured word (which is now considerably rarer than its look-alike) comes to us through Middle English from gustus, the Latin word for "taste." Gustus gave English another word as well. Gusto (which now usually means "zest" but can also mean "an individual or specific taste") comes to us from gustus by way of Italian.

Examples of gust in a Sentence

Verb The forecast calls for winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour.
Recent Examples on the Web
To further emphasize the similarities, on both days, as of 5 p.m. Saturday, the peak gust measured at an identical 38 mph. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2024 Winds will strengthen again Saturday with gusts up to 30 mph, the weather service says. Taylor Ward, CNN, 6 Apr. 2024 The springtime storms follow a wet Monday when unconfirmed tornadoes, hail, strong gusts and heavy rain battered parts of the South. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 3 Apr. 2024 The southwest wind will be 11 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 3 Apr. 2024 Twenty to 25 mph winds with gusts up to 35 to 45 mph also are expected across Upper Michigan. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 2 Apr. 2024 Expect walnut-sized hail (1.5 inches) and wind gusts of up to 65 mph. Star-Telegram Bot, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1 Apr. 2024 The northern portion of Wisconsin was forecast to receive heavy wind gusts and up to 1.5 inches of rain into Tuesday, as the system that brought the heavy snow transitions into rain, Kallas said. David Clarey, Journal Sentinel, 25 Mar. 2024 Residents were killed when struck by trees pushed over by the storm, including a Carmichael man who died at a hospital after a tree was felled by gusts in his backyard and a Fair Oaks woman found dead in her backyard. Rosalio Ahumada, Sacramento Bee, 23 Mar. 2024
The primary threat includes the likelihood of a few tornadoes, scattered hail up to tennis balls in size, and wind gusts up to 80 mph. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 1 Apr. 2024 The light west wind will increase to 6 to 11 mph in the morning and could gust as high as 21 mph. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 29 Mar. 2024 Forecasters said there could be a couple of tornadoes, hail the size of quarters and scattered gusts up to 70 mph. Omar Rodríguez Ortiz, Miami Herald, 22 Mar. 2024 Winds die off fairly quickly with sunset but continue to gust around 10 mph through the night. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2024 Winds gust around 25 to 30 mph in the midday and afternoon. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2024 On Monday the storm will slow down and strengthen over the Upper Midwest, bringing continuous snow and strong wind gusts to the Dakotas and Minnesota. Mirna Alsharif, NBC News, 22 Mar. 2024 The storms expected to move through Indiana and Ohio could bring large hail and wind gusts up to 70 mph in addition to tornados, according to NWS. Jake Allen, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Mar. 2024 Temperatures will drop to 17 degrees Friday night and wind gusts up to 22 miles per hour are possible. Katie Langford, The Denver Post, 16 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English guste, from Latin gustus; akin to Latin gustare to taste — more at choose

Noun (2)

probably from Old Norse gustr; akin to Old High German gussa flood, and perhaps to Old English gēotan to pour — more at found

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1813, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gust was in the 15th century


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“Gust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a sudden brief rush of wind
: a sudden outburst
a gust of anger

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