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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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  • The lusty man next him with the red head I have not seen before.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I pitched it pretty middlin' high, I fetched a lusty tone, But oh, alas!

    Farm Ballads Will Carleton
  • We chose six lusty fellows, and supplied them with pistols and cutlasses.

  • The strong and lusty bore down the weak in the struggle to get near to the procession.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • In its fiercer gusts it drowned the ring of the lusty voices.

  • He mocked her silvery treble in his lusty baritone and roared with laughter.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • John the Clerk came in the afternoon, and there was some lusty disputation.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • I answered with a laugh—my mood was lusty and cruel—and thrust at him.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
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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