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[kruhs-tee] /ˈkrʌs ti/
adjective, crustier, crustiest.
having a crisp or thick crust:
a loaf of crusty French bread.
of the nature of or resembling a crust.
harsh; surly; rude:
a crusty remark.
Origin of crusty
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at crust, -y1
Related forms
crustily, adverb
crustiness, noun
3. testy, prickly, touchy; curt, brusque. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for crusty
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  • It was hard to believe that she was the daughter of so crusty a man as Hiram Bartlett.

  • She conquered a crusty old woman, who was soured to all the world.

    Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic Olive Thorne Miller
  • "So you just be off, or I'll call the police," the crusty doorkeeper said.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • In the morning make into a loaf and put in a crusty bread pan.

    The Golden Age Cook Book Henrietta Latham Dwight
  • In his basket was a melon, crusty rolls, peaches and a bottle of cream.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for crusty


adjective crustier, crustiest
having or characterized by a crust, esp having a thick crust
having a rude or harsh character or exterior; surly; curt: a crusty remark
noun (pl) crusties
(slang) a dirty type of punk or hippy whose lifestyle involves travelling and squatting
Derived Forms
crustily, adverb
crustiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for crusty

c.1400, from crust (n.) + -y (2). Figurative use, of persons, "short-tempered," is from 1560s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for crusty



Gruff; surly; ill-tempered; feisty: Crusty George Meany. The downturned lips, the jowls, the half-closed lids, all were dour (1834+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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