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dusty

[duhs-tee]
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adjective, dust·i·er, dust·i·est.
  1. filled, covered, or clouded with or as with dust.
  2. of the nature of dust; powdery.
  3. of the color of dust; having a grayish cast.

Origin of dusty

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at dust, -y1
Related formsdust·i·ly, adverbdust·i·ness, nounun·dust·y, adjective
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dusty

adjective dustier or dustiest
  1. covered with or involving dust
  2. like dust in appearance or colour
  3. (of a colour) tinged with grey; paledusty pink
  4. a dusty answer an unhelpful or bad-tempered reply
  5. not so dusty informal not too bad; fairly well: often in response to the greeting how are you?
Derived Formsdustily, adverbdustiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dusty

adj.

early 13c., from dust + -y (2). Related: Dustiness.

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