adjective, crust·i·er, crust·i·est.
  1. having a crisp or thick crust: a loaf of crusty French bread.
  2. of the nature of or resembling a crust.
  3. harsh; surly; rude: a crusty remark.

Origin of crusty

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at crust, -y1
Related formscrust·i·ly, adverbcrust·i·ness, noun

Synonyms for crusty Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for crustiest

Historical Examples of crustiest

  • And you know what a fellow old Splinters is, the crustiest of the crusty.

    Cripps, the Carrier

    R. D. (Richard Doddridge) Blackmore

  • Even the crustiest old caretaker, at a word and a smile from Captain Valentine, would allow me to seat myself on the glass cases.

    Memoirs of a Midget

    Walter de la Mare

British Dictionary definitions for crustiest


adjective crustier or crustiest
  1. having or characterized by a crust, esp having a thick crust
  2. having a rude or harsh character or exterior; surly; curta crusty remark
noun plural crusties
  1. slang a dirty type of punk or hippy whose lifestyle involves travelling and squatting
Derived Formscrustily, adverbcrustiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for crustiest



c.1400, from crust (n.) + -y (2). Figurative use, of persons, "short-tempered," is from 1560s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper