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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
1175-1225; Middle English: see 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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  • He complained to the Orderly, with the result that the next night the lusty voice was suddenly silenced.

    "Contemptible" "Casualty"
  • There are many fine, lusty fellows; but I was most interested and grieved in one.

    The Witch of Salem John R. Musick
  • What sage would not have exchanged his wearisome knowledge for my lusty revels with Nature?

    A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • “These” were a small black pig and a lusty specimen of black-red gamecock.

  • "My boys, we can do it," cried O'Brien in lusty tones, after hearing the plan.

  • She would need to be a lusty Amazon, Prather, if she took the contract of lugging me about.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • The real craving is expressed in numberless passages: "May we live a hundred autumns, surrounded by lusty sons."

    Cerberus, The Dog of Hades Maurice Bloomfield
  • The strong and lusty bore down the weak in the struggle to get near to the procession.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for lusty


adjective lustier, lustiest
having or characterized by robust health
strong or invigorating: a lusty brew
Derived Forms
lustily, adverb
lustiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lusty

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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