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[truhs-tee] /ˈtrʌs ti/
adjective, trustier, trustiest.
able to be trusted or relied on; trustworthy; reliable.
Archaic. trustful.
noun, plural trusties.
a person or thing that is trusted.
a well-behaved and trustworthy convict to whom special privileges are granted.
Origin of trusty
Middle English word dating back to 1175-1225; See origin at trust, -y1
Related forms
trustily, adverb
trustiness, noun
Can be confused
executor, trustee, trusty.
trustee, trusty. Unabridged
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  • And let our principal and most trusty friends named in my last know that I do.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • His trusty sword, in its steel scabbard, strikes clanking on the doorstep.

    Main Street Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "Throw me the loan of a trusty Bartly, for a cushion," said he.

  • My father had a housekeeper, a trusty woman, he considered her.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • Juve held out his hand—a firm, strong hand—the hand of a trusty man.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
British Dictionary definitions for trusty


adjective trustier, trustiest
faithful or reliable
(archaic) trusting
noun (pl) trusties
someone who is trusted, esp a convict to whom special privileges are granted
Derived Forms
trustily, adverb
trustiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for trusty

early 13c., "trusting," from trust (n.) + -y (2); meaning "reliable, to be counted on" is from early 14c. The noun meaning "a prisoner granted special privileges as reward for good conduct" is first attested 1855.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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