[ kruhs-tee ]
/ ˈkrʌs ti /

adjective, crust·i·er, crust·i·est.

having a crisp or thick crust: a loaf of crusty French bread.
of the nature of or resembling a crust.
harsh; surly; rude: a crusty remark.

Origin of crusty

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at crust, -y1


Related forms

crust·i·ly, adverbcrust·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for 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


/ (ˈkrʌstɪ) /

adjective crustier or crustiest

having or characterized by a crust, esp having a thick crust
having a rude or harsh character or exterior; surly; curta crusty remark

noun plural crusties

slang a dirty type of punk or hippy whose lifestyle involves travelling and squatting

Derived Forms

crustily, adverbcrustiness, noun
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