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crusty

[kruhs-tee]
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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.
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Origin of crusty

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

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Related Words for crusty

brusque, cranky, sarcastic, gruff, prickly, irascible, crisp, crispy, abrupt, bluff, blunt, brief, cantankerous, captious, choleric, crabby, cross, curt, dour, harsh

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Historical Examples of crusty

  • It was hard to believe that she was the daughter of so crusty a man as Hiram Bartlett.

  • She conquered a crusty old woman, who was soured to all the world.

    Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • "So you just be off, or I'll call the police," the crusty doorkeeper said.

  • In the morning make into a loaf and put in a crusty bread pan.

    The Golden Age Cook Book

    Henrietta Latham Dwight

  • In his basket was a melon, crusty rolls, peaches and a bottle of cream.

    Mistress Anne

    Temple Bailey


British Dictionary definitions for crusty

crusty

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
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noun plural crusties
  1. slang a dirty type of punk or hippy whose lifestyle involves travelling and squatting
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Derived Formscrustily, adverbcrustiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for crusty

adj.

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

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