- a sudden, strong blast of wind.
- a sudden rush or burst of water, fire, smoke, sound, etc.
- an outburst of passionate feeling.
- to blow or rush in gusts.
Origin of gust1
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- Archaic. flavor or taste.
- Obsolete. enjoyment or gratification.
- Scot. to taste; savor.
Origin of gust2
Examples from the Web for gust
A gust of smoke dances around her naked frame as she bathes for one final time in the prayer leaves.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
May 4, 2014
The accessory was easily lifted by a gust of wind and would regularly get entangled in the wheel spokes of carriages.Corsets, Muslin Disease, and More of the Deadly Fashion Trends
The Fashion Beast Team
April 1, 2014
Despite the gust of excitement most scientists are keeping their emotions in check.Why Can't We Find an AIDS Vaccine?
September 15, 2013
Watch this clip of the real-time seism—look closely or you might mistake it for a gust of wind.The Earthquake’s Viral Videos
August 24, 2011
Gust has few critics, and none who will speak on the record.Californa's Most Powerful Woman
November 8, 2010
He brought in with him a gust of wind that caused the lamp to smoke.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Then in a gust of confidence and gratitude, “I will live all my days for you, Tom!”The Secret Agent
He went off like a gust of wind and plunged into the adjoining room.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
A gust of wind and sleet rushed through the opening and stung their faces.The Inn at the Red Oak
Another, a third, and a fourth gust rattled and shook the rickety frame.Wilfrid Cumbermede
- a sudden blast of wind
- a sudden rush of smoke, sound, etc
- an outburst of emotion
- to blow in guststhe wind was gusting to more than 50 mph
Word Origin and History for gust
1580s, possibly a dialectal survival from Old Norse gustr "a cold blast of wind" (related to gusa "to gush, spurt") or Old High German gussa "flood," both from Proto-Germanic *gustiz, from PIE *gheus-, from root *gheu- "to pour" (see found (2)). Probably originally in English as a nautical term. As a verb, from 1813. Related: Gusted; gusting.