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[luhs-tee] /ˈlʌs ti/
adjective, lustier, lustiest.
full of or characterized by healthy vigor.
hearty, as a meal.
spirited; enthusiastic.
lustful; lecherous.
Origin of lusty
Middle English: word dating back to 1175-1225; See origin at lust, -y1
Related forms
lustily, adverb
lustiness, noun
overlustiness, noun
overlusty, adjective
unlusty, adjective
1. robust, strong, sturdy, stout.
1. feeble, weak. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for lustily
Historical Examples
  • Methinks that Gascony is too small a cock to crow so lustily.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I could not swim a stroke; and I sang out, lustily, for help.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Gor, I—I liked the fun, and so I thumpt away, and hiss'd as lustily as the best of 'em.

    The Contrast Royall Tyler
  • She hit out as lustily as if she had not considered the matter at all.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • A sirloin was set before him, on which he laid to as lustily as any beef-eater.

  • Having no weapon at hand, I motioned and yelled at him most lustily.

  • "I didn't steal the wallet," cried Tim lustily, as he struggled to get away.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
  • And then he would curse Phineas lustily for losing the precious letter.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke
  • Then she did call, as lustily as she was able, though in vain.

    Linda Tressel

    Anthony Trollope
  • He let the tool fall, and slid down the pole as the men cheered him lustily.

    Chasing an Iron Horse Edward Robins
British Dictionary definitions for lustily


adjective lustier, lustiest
having or characterized by robust health
strong or invigorating: a lusty brew
Derived Forms
lustily, adverb
lustiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lustily

early 13c., lustliche, "willingly, eagerly, readily;" see lusty + -ly (2). Meaning "with pleasure, voluptuously" is c.1300; meaning "vigorously, energetically" is c.1400.



early 13c., "joyful, merry," from lust + -y (2). It largely has escaped the Christianization and denigration of its root word. The sense of "full of healthy vigor" is from late 14c.; that of "full of desire" is attested from c.1400. Related: Lustily; lustiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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